Only Yesterday (Sub.DVD/R4)
Title: Only Yesterday
Running time: 119
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
Release date: 2006-10-11
Suggested retail price: $29.95
Age rating: PG
Taeko Okajima, an office girl from Tokyo, decides to take a ten-day vacation in the country. Not having any close family to stay with, she chooses to visit some relatives of her sister’s husband and work on their safflower farm. The slow, laborious process of harvesting the crops gives Taeko an opportunity to reflect on her past, and what her life goals might be. With flashbacks to her school days, we follow Taeko’s thoughts as she becomes aware that her life, although steadily evolving, has for the most part been unfulfilling and aimless.
Taeko finds a friend in Toshio, a second cousin who supports organic farming, and through their friendship she re-evaluates her life, realising that with a little help from the past, she may yet be able to build a new future. ‘Only Yesterday’ offers a study on the profound beauty of rural life, positioned alongside nostalgic reflections of 1960s Japan.
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