GKIDS to Release Studio Ghibli's "Only Yesterday" Theatrically in 2016

Cinema release to coincide with 25th anniversary of film directed by Isao Takahata


GKIDS, a New York based film distributor that specializes in animated films and films aimed at children, has announced that they will be releasing Studio Ghibli's 1991 film Only Yesterday to movie theaters in North America in 2016.



According to Jerry Beck at Animation Scoop, GKIDS has acquired: "all theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America." Beck also notes that Studio Ghibli is preparing an English language version of the film for GKIDS to distribute.

This release will mark the first time Only Yesterday will be available commercially in North America. Only Yesterday is directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder and Academy Award nominee, Isao Takahata. GKIDS describes the film as follows:

"Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored twenty-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories which unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko wonders if she has been true to the dreams of her childhood self."


Special thanks go to Ed Chavez and Gilles Poitras for the news tip.



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