Only Yesterday will be released for the first time in the U.S. theaters and Re-released International. When it comes to Studio Ghibli, people always associate the company with the works of Hayao Miyazaki. From Castle in the Sky to My Neighbor Totoro to The Wind Rises, his movies were what defined modern Japanese cinema and are among some of the greatest animated features ever made. Many people do not know about the other director who worked at the studio since the very beginning with Miyazaki, Isao Takahata. Although his films (Grave of the Fireflies, Pom Poko, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya , etc.) may not be as renowned as Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, Takahata is a recognized artist in Japan, by fans of anime, and by fans of Studio Ghibli. One of his works, however, has never seen the light of day outside of Japan and is the only Studio Ghibli film that never got an English dub. Next year, though, that will change.
GKIDS announced that they will release Isao Takahata’s Only Yesterday for the first time ever in North America in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary in 2016. The vice president of GKIDS, David Jesteadt, mentioned, “With this 25th anniversary release, a broad new audience will now be able to discover what passionate supporters have known for years. Only Yesterday is a groundbreaking classic, and [is a] further demonstration of Isao Takahata’s incredible legacy as a filmmaker.” GKIDS also announced the cast of the English dub, which will include Daisy Ridley, Ashley Eckstein, Dev Patel and Alison Fernandez.
The animated drama was already big in its home country and among animation enthusiast. It was the highest grossing Japanese film of 1991 and Time Out ranked it at #61 on its Top 100 Best Animated Films.
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