GKIDS, the award-winning distributor of animated adult and family films, has acquired North American distribution rights to Isao Takahata’s 1991 drama film, “Only Yesterday.” Takahata is famous for founding Studio Ghibli with his creative partner Hayao Miyazaki, and the distribution deal will bring his masterwork to North America for the first time ever. The new English-language version will feature a voice cast of Dev Patel, Daisy Ridley and more.
The film’s official synopsis reads: “It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, memories flood back of her as a schoolgirl in 1966, and she starts to question whether she has been true to herself.”
The acquisition marks the fifth collaboration between GKIDS and Studio Ghibli, following “When Marnie Was There,” “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” “From Up on Poppy Hill” and the documentary “The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.” GKIDS currently has “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” now playing in theaters.
The North American debut of “Only Yesterday” will take place in early 2016 to coincide with the film’s 25th anniversary.