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Only Yesterday (Blu-ray) (Multi-Language & Subtitled) (Region Free) (Japan Version)
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In direct contrast with the fantastic adventures created by Studio Ghibli co-founder Miyazaki Hayao, director Takahata Isao uses the animation platform to tell more down-to-earth stories that challenged traditional animation conventions. 1991's Only Yesterday is one of these films. Partly based on the manga by Okamoto Hotaru and Tone Yuko, the drama chronicles an urban woman's literal journey to the countryside away from her troubles in the city, as well as her mental journey back to her carefree childhood days, when things were far simpler. To ensure the animation reflect the realistic style of the story, Only Yesterday was one of the first Japanese animated films to break tradition and have animators draw according to the actors' voice performances.

27-year-old Taeko has lived in Tokyo her whole life. After experiencing the daily grind as a company employee, she decides to go to Yamagata to visit her sister-in-laws to get away from city life. Along the way, Taeko begins to reflect on her life as child, when her biggest worry was being able to go on holidays like her classmates. While her time in Yamagata makes her rethink the priorities in her adult life, she also remembers other childhood events like first love and worrying about her grades. In the process, Taeko begins to wonder whether she had been on the right path all these years…

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Product Title: Only Yesterday (Blu-ray) (Multi-Language & Subtitled) (Region Free) (Japan Version) 歲月的童話 (Blu-ray) (多國語音及字幕) (全區碼) (日本版) 岁月的童话 (Blu-ray) (多国语音及字幕) (全区码) (日本版) おもひでぽろぽろ 【Blu-rayDisc】 Only Yesterday (Blu-ray) (Multi-Language & Subtitled) (Region Free) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Omohide Poro Poro Omohide Poro Poro Omohide Poro Poro Omohide Poro Poro Omohide Poro Poro
Artist Name(s): Imai Miki | Terada Michie | Yanagiba Toshiro | Ito Masaharu | Chie Kitagawa | Yuki Minowa | Honna Yoko | Yamashita Yorie | Masuda Yuuki 今井美樹 | Terada Michie | 柳葉敏郎 | Masahiro Ito | Chie Kitagawa | Yuki Minowa | 本名陽子 | 山下容莉枝 | 增田裕生 今井 美树 | Terada Michie | 柳叶敏郎 | Ito Masaharu | Chie Kitagawa | Yuki Minowa | Honna Yoko | 山下容莉枝 | 增田裕生 今井美樹 | 寺田路恵 | 柳葉敏郎 | 伊藤正博 | 北川智絵 | 三野輪有紀 | 本名陽子 | 山下容莉枝 | 増田裕生 Imai Miki | Terada Michie | Yanagiba Toshiro | Masahiro Ito | Chie Kitagawa | Yuki Minowa | Honna Yoko | Yorie Yamashita | Masuda Yuuki
Director: Takahata Isao 高畑勳 高畑勋 高畑勲 Takahata Isao
Producer: Miyazaki Hayao 宮崎駿 宫崎骏 宮崎駿 Miyazaki Hayao
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2012-12-05
Publisher Product Code: VWBS-1399
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, German
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1031331368

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タイトル:おもひでぽろぽろ: 【Blu-rayDisc】
出演:今井美樹/柳葉敏郎/本名陽子/伊藤正博/寺田路恵/増田裕生/山下容莉枝/三野輪有紀/北川智絵
監督:高畑勲(監督)/高畑勲(脚本)/宮崎駿(製作プロデューサー)/岡本螢(原作)/刀根夕子(原作)/近藤喜文(作画監督)/近藤勝也(作画監督)/佐藤好春(作画監督)/男鹿和雄(美術監督)/星勝(音楽)/スタジオジブリ(制作)

現在の自分に漠然とした物足りなさを感じている27歳のOL岡島タエ子は、休暇を取って姉の夫の実家がある山形へ出掛ける。東京育ちのタエ子は、小さな頃から田舎のある生活に憧れていたのだ。旅の途中で、彼女はふと小学5年生の自分を思い出してしまう。一度蘇った思い出はタエ子から離れていかなかった。小学5年生、それは女の子が一つ階段を昇って成長するためのさなぎの季節なのかもしれない。いくつも思い出が浮かんでくるのは、自分に再びさなぎの季節が巡ってきたのだろうか。もう一度、自分を見つめ直す時なのかもしれないと、タエ子は思いをはせていく。山形駅に着いたタエ子を待っていたのは、新しい農業に意欲を燃やしている青年、トシオとの出会いだった。紅花摘みに田んぼの草取り、リンゴの袋がけ。トシオの案内でタエ子は田舎の気分を満喫する。自然と調和しながら生きている農家の人々の姿に、地に足の着いた生活の魅力を発見するのだった。そして、東京へ帰る日の前夜、おばあちゃんから、思いもかけない話題が出る。

映像特典:Making of おもひでぽろぽろ/アフレコ台本/絵コンテ(本編映像とのピクチャー・イン・ピクチャー)/予告編集

テクニカル・インフォメーション
:カラー
画面:16:9
言語/音声:日本語:dtsHD Master Audioステレオ/ドイツ語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ/北京語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ/広東語:ドルビーデジタルステレオ

その他の情報
製作年:1991
備考:1枚組
ピクチャーレーベル
映像特典収録
日本小売価格:¥6800

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Professional Review of "Only Yesterday (Blu-ray) (Multi-Language & Subtitled) (Region Free) (Japan Version)"

April 24, 2006

This professional review refers to Only Yesterday (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Childhood is a time of powerlessness. Children are dependent and beholden on their parents. Childhood is often governed by familial forces that seem brutally unfair. As we move into adulthood, we nostalgically long for those carefree days forgetting that rules by which we were governed were frequently confusing and inscrutable. Director Isao Takahata explored some of these themes in Grave of the Fireflies. He returns to these them in a gentler, though no less powerful way in Only Yesterday.

Okajima Taeko is an office worker who comes across as a little aloof from her co-workers. As she embarks on her holiday, Okasjima's story is intercut with memories of her childhood. These reminiscences reveal the young Okajima as far less academically inclined than her two older sisters. Okajima deals stoically with the air of disappointment that her family projects at her underachievement. This is one of the frustrations of childhood. The sense that we cannot do the right thing in our parent's eyes, yet are powerless to do anything about it.

Okajima's reminiscence is broken by her arrival at the farm. There, she embraces the hard, repetitive work of picking safflowers, flowers used for dyeing clothes that ironically, only the rich could afford, not the peasant girls who picked them.

Only Yesterday is full of these stories of life's small frustrations and disappointments and a child's seeming invulnerability: the young Okajima is the only one he remains in town while her friends go on holidays at the anticipation then the disappointment of eating a fresh not canned pineapple. These beautiful vignettes capture those almost forgotten feelings where small events take on huge significance in a child's life.

Only Yesterday marvellously captures the feeling of life in Japan both past and present. It shows us family dynamics and social rituals that are both familiar yet at the same time culturally different. There is something compelling to Okajima's joyful desire to work on a farm for holidays and her poignant childhood memories trigger one's own empathy gland. If this was all Only Yesterday did, it would be a fine film. However, it is a Studio Ghibli film and Okajima's childhood stories subtlety impact on her adult life, a life that has engendered her with unacknowledged feelings of dissatisfaction.

Only Yesterday is a deeply human film. It shows us things about ourselves and influences on our lives we have little time to acknowledge. Okajima's epiphany has far more power than Vin Diesel's whole back catalog and her change, although small, is profound in its understanding of people's need to belong and choose a life that is meaningful and productive.

If you have only been exposed to Myazaki's masterpieces, you are missing half of what Studio Ghibli is about. While Myazaki leans toward fantasy and epic, Studio Ghibli's smaller, more intimate and personal films show that there is no scale they cannot do.

10 windy days out of 10

by Andrew Symons - heroic-cinema.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6.5 out of 10 (2)

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July 20, 2006

This customer review refers to Only Yesterday (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
A little boring Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
This anime is about a lady in her late twenties traving back to her hometown for a visit. During her travel, she sees things around her that reminds her of her childhood, bitter and sweet. She eventually reaches her hometown and meets her family and even other people. A romance developes later... It's a pretty cute story but a little boring because I was expecting something more exciting...
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March 11, 2005

This customer review refers to Only Yesterday (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Good story Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This is a very good cartoon. The ending with the couple could be more clear and better! It could be better if there are conversations with happiness between the lovers instead of pure music without anyone talking!!
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