Only Yesterday

JAN 17 - Dubbed

Fourth Annual Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective: Jan 10- Jan 27


From Academy Award®-nominated director Isao Takahata and general producer Hayao Miyazaki,  Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated. Released in Japan over the summer of 1991, this coming-of-age drama was something of a surprise success topping the Japanese box office that year. However, aside from a 2006 airing on television channel TCM, it would be another 25 years before the film reached North America, courtesy of animation distributor GKIDS.


Set in 1982, Only Yesterday’s protagonist is Taeko a 27 year-old, unmarried salarywoman who has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys.


At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio, and the encounters with him begin to reconnect her to forgotten longings. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the arc of her life, and wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self.


​Duration: 118 mins. | Rating: PG | Presented Jan. 17 dubbed in English

The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Retrospective runs January 10 through January 27 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.