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Only Yesterday – 1991 Takahata
- One of the early high water-marks of Studio Ghibli—Takahata is a co-founder along with Miyazaki.
- Gorgeous opening tracking shot of skyscraper—Takahata again and again tries to simulate camera with animation
- Rural Eden- almost a pantheism a theme he’d go to again and again
- From the modest opening credits you feel like you’re watching an Ozu film. It draws upon the changing seasons, memory and family.
- Set in 1966- a story about sisters- a story about and a meditation on nostalgia—heavy voice over and dipping in and oscillating back and forth through strong editing with flashbacks
- Superb way Takahata draws lighting—again—to simulate lighting in live action film
- Orange setting sun a highlight
- The surrealism dream love sequence is a little odd in an otherwise pretty grounded film
- Coming-of-age female story- Miyazaki would go back to this again and again as well— Japan has a strong history of women’s films going back to the great Kenji Mizoguchi
- Spends a lot of time on menstruation
- Water reflections and lights on windows reflected at night
- A film about peace- serenity
- Trains- again from Ozu
- High end Recommend