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Studio Ghibli’s “Only Yesterday” Gets Long-Overdue U.S. Theatrical Release

Studio Ghibli's "Only Yesterday" Gets Long-Overdue U.S. Theatrical Release

Considered a lost gem, Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday was recently included in Time Out’s list of the “Best 100 Animated Movies Ever Made,” and counts Wes Anderson and Roger Ebert among its admirers.

Now, at long last, one of Studio Ghibli’s most acclaimed masterpieces is getting a U.S. theatrical release. Gkids has set a New York release date (January 1st, 2016) to commemorate the film’s 25th anniversary. 

The film will play exclusively at the IFC Center with a new English-Language version starring Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Dev Patel (Slumdog MillionaireBest Exotic Marigold Hotel). Gkids will expand the distribution of the film to theaters nation-wide on February 26th. 

Here’s the original trailer: 


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 childhood herself. Elegantly switching between her adult present and school girl flashbacks, Takahata brilliantly explores the drama, humor and enchantment of everyday life, in a poignant and achingly beautiful masterpiece from one of the world’s most revered animation studios. 

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