Only Yesterday


Only Yesterday

Critics Consensus

Only Yesterday's long-delayed U.S. debut fills a frustrating gap for American Ghibli fans while offering further proof of the studio's incredibly consistent commitment to quality.



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It's 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and 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 (Dev Patel), 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. From Academy Award (R)-nominated director Isao Takahata (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya) and general producer Hayao Miyazaki, Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, and beautifully animated by one of the world's most revered animation studios. Critically acclaimed but never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new, Studio Ghibli-produced, English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary.


Miki Imai
as Taeko
Youko Honna
as Taeko (as a child)
Daisy Ridley
as Taeko (English Version)
Dev Patel
as Toshio (English Version)
Alison Fernandez
as Young Taeko (English Version)
Hope Levy
as Tsuneko (English Version)
Ava Acres
as Toko (English Version)
Jaden Betts
as Suzuki ("Soo") (English Version)
Gianella Thielmann
as Hirota (English Version)
Matthew Yang King
as Taeko's Father (English Version)
Laura Bailey
as Nanako (English Version)
Mona Marshall
as Grandmother (English Version)
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