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Studio Ghibli Collection: Only Yesterday (Isao Takahata, Japan, 1991)

  • Sep 19, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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Note: Showtime is 7 p.m. Running time is 118 minutes. Discount tickets can be purchased through PayPal at the time of RSVP. (Refunds to those who cancel by 5 p.m. Sept. 18.) I'll also be holding a limited number of discount passes at the theater; see me before the show. We'll meet in the lobby beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

Specialty film distributor GKIDS and Landmark Theatres present the Studio Ghibli Collection, a touring retrospective of the venerable Japanese animation house's work from 1984 to 2009.  The series plays from Sept. 14 to 26 at Berkeley's California Theatre, with all films in newly struck 35mm prints and in the original Japanese with English subtitles (unless otherwise indicated).

Isao Takahata's drama "Only Yesterday," the fifth Studio Ghibli feature, was the highest-grossing domestic film of its release year and is the only Ghibli work unavailable on home video in the U.S. or Canada.

Synopsis: On a visit to rural Yamagata, an unmarried Tokyo woman in her late 20s reminisces on her upbringing and ponders the life decisions she's made.

Trailer here (although the trailer is in Japanese, the film will be fully subtitled in English):

We'll chat over dinner after the movie.  See you there! 

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  • John

    "Only Yesterday" and dinner were a welcome late summer experience. It was great watching the rarely seen (in the U.S.) Ghibli feature, which exemplified that studio's famous production values and humane outlook.

    September 21, 2012

  • Alby

    Well observed though the flashback sequences are, the present-day frame story is cumbersome and the two threads never quite meet. Still, worth a viewing as a Ghibli oddity -- animation as Ozu might have done it -- that understandably hasn't seen a U.S. home video release.

    September 21, 2012

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