GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES / ONLY YESTERDAY [Subtitled]
September 15 @ 7:30 pm| $12
Double feature of GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES and ONLY YESTERDAY! Part of the Aero Theatre’s Anime Favorites series.
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (HOTARU NO HAKA)
1988, GKIDS, 89 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata
This stark drama, adapted from Nosaka Akiyuki’s semiautobiographical novel, is one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest achievements. Left to fend for themselves after their home is firebombed during the closing days of World War II, teen Seita and his 5-year-old sister Setsuko struggle to survive. “An emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation.” – Roger Ebert
ONLY YESTERDAY (OMOHIDE PORO PORO)
1991, GKIDS, 118 min, Japan, Dir: Isao Takahata
Realizing that she is at a crossroads in her life, bored 20-something Taeko heads for the countryside. The trip dredges up forgotten childhood memories that unfold in flashback to younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, 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. Directed by Isao Takahata and produced by Hayao Miyazaki, ONLY YESTERDAY is a double period piece that beautifully evokes both the 1960s and the 1980s, and the quintessential drama of Japanese schoolday nostalgia. Studio Ghibli is known for its female heroines, from Princesses Nausicaa and Mononoke to Kiki to Ponyo – but with ONLY YESTERDAY it delves deeper into the real emotional experiences of girls/women than perhaps any animated film before or since.