A full 25 years after debuting in Japan, Studio Ghibli's classic Only Yesterday receives new life; with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel lending their voices to a brand new English dub of the film.
Isao Takahata's beloved animation interweaves past and present as a young woman, staying with relatives in the countryside, wrestles between her nostalgic yearning for her childhood self and the woman she has become today.
Contributing significantly to the expansion of the anime genre beyond its traditional, child-friendly boundaries thanks its reflective narrative and gentle realism, the film becoming a surprise box office hit in Japan.
The film had previously been released in its original Japanese on DVD in the UK in 2006, though this marks the first time the film will be shown in cinemas. This short clip evokes just some of the beauty of the film's dialogue, reflecting on the fractured perceptions which stand between city dwellers, and those who live and work within nature.
Ridley previously spoke on the 1991 film's continuing relevance, "[Ghibli films] are what so many people around the world can identify with. I think the reason probably this is such a loved film and will continue to be so is because it doesn’t feel foreign. It feels exactly right, like, how do you make your dreams come true?"
"For a film to centre on a woman in the '60s and '80s and to have already been released 25 years ago; and cinema still being where it is today, with people not being represented right, is very exciting."
It's certainly an exciting season for Ghibli fans; 10 June sees the release of the studio's latest production, When Marnie Was There. Featuring the voice work of Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka and Hailee Steinfeld; this sweet, enchanting tale of a strange friendship between two young girls - one of whom who may or may not be a ghost - marks the last film featuring the work of veteran animator Makiko Futaki, who sadly passed away recently at the age of 57.
ONLY YESTERDAY will show in cinemas from this Friday 3rd June as part of Studiocanal’s #StudioGhibliForever season and be available on Blu-ray for the first time ever later this year.
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