Studio Ghibli's 1991 Film 'Only Yesterday' Re-Opening in US Theaters
What! This is great news for fans of Studio Ghibli. Just when we all thought things were winding down, GKids is keeping the spirit alive. Indiewire reports that GKids is going to be re-releasing Studio Ghibli's 1991 film Only Yesterday, directed by Isao Takahata, who directed the film The Tale of the Princess Kaguya recently (read my interview with Takahata). The film is being re-released in select markets, however, with a brand new English-language voice cast - essentially a "for English-speaking audiences" re-release. Whatever it takes to get more Studio Ghibli films into this country and in front of people of all ages, I'm down with it.
The report says that the film will first play exclusively at the IFC Center in New York City and will re-open on Friday, January 1st, 2016 (New Years Day). The re-release also celebrates the film's 25th anniversary since being released in Japan in 1991. The brand new English-language version features the voices of Daisy Ridley (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Taeko and Dev Patel (from Slumdog Millionaire, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). The film is about a 27-year-old girl who travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood growing up in Tokyo. It's one of the most beloved Ghibli films. See the original trailer:
Only Yesterday is written & directed by Isao Takahata and was the fifth feature film made by Studio Ghibli after they formed. For those who are hoping this expands beyond New York City, Indiewire says it will expand to theaters nationwide starting February 26th early next year. This makes me wish that GKids would go back and re-release all of the Studio Ghibli films from the archive, but preferably with the original Japanese cast and score, and throw them back up on the big screen every year. The more of these films we can get out here, the better. Every last one of them is wonderful. Who is planning to go see Only Yesterday?