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Friday, 3 June 2016

Something For The Weekend...Studio Ghibli Forever Season

Only Yesterday, 25 Years Later...

The reissue of the 1991 animated film by Studio Ghibli, Only Yesterday, will be screened at the Barbican centre this weekend. The screening is part of an international festival to celebrate the films from the much celebrated Japanese animation and production studio, typically led by the critically acclaimed Oscar-winner Hayao Miyazaki. 

For twenty-five years international fans were led to believe that the film that would only ever be subtitled. The Walt Disney Company had originally bought the US release rights, but did not release the film because a reference to menstruation. The targeted audience of this film is not young children but adults and teenagers, and Studio Ghibli distribution contract prohibited Disney from altering scenes...hence the highest grossing domestic Japanese film in 1991 totalling ¥1.87 billion has only now been released with Daisy Ridley of Star Wars voicing Taeko the heroine.

The story revolves around the life of Taeko Okajima, a 27 year old office worker, who in 1982 has lived her entire life in Tokyo. One decisive evening she decides to take a holiday to rural Japan. It is on this ten day journey that she begins to have a series of flashbacks, she reminisces about her childhood as an 11 year old in 1966 visiting an ageing Grandmother at a hot springs resort. The story is powerfully evocative of life for a young woman in 1960's Japan, and also provides a platform for a woman's narrative voice as cultural commentary or reflection during this exciting era.

The Barbican screening of Only Yesterday is Sunday 5th June 2016, so be excited about this charming available here!

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