Over the years, Studio Ghibli’s back catalog (basically anything before Princess Mononoke) has come stateside in oddly piecemeal fashion. And for whatever reason, 1991’s Only Yesterday remained a loose end. Americans could only see it in festival showings, or in that box set “import” from the Ghibli Museum gift shop.
Well, after 25 years, GKids has given the movie a proper English dub for the art house circuit. And they’ve enlisted no less than Force Awakens ingenue, Daisy Ridley, for the lead role.
Fitting into the margin of Ghibli titles like Whispers of the Heart and From Up on Poppy Hill, this is a low-key, adult-oriented, slice-of-life character drama. Set in the early 80s, it follows a young city girl, Taeko, who’s pondering her past during a trip to visit family in the countryside. As romance blossoms with a guy she meets there (now voiced by Dev Patel), Taeko questions if she’s lived up to the dreams of youth throughout a series of striking flashbacks.
Only Yesterday comes from Isao Takahata, Ghibli’s #2 director, and his oeuvre has enjoyed more range than Miyazaki’s. He most recently directed the brush stroke fairy tale deconstruction, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and his past works include the devastating World War II drama, Grave of the Fireflies, as well the outrageous environmentalist farce, Pom Poko.
Will you check out Gkids’ dub of Only Yesterday when it comes to theaters in February? What other, lesser-known Ghibli films deserve wider recognition? Let us know below.
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