When Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters just a few weeks ago, many believed a star was being born before their very eyes with the breakthrough performance of Daisy Ridley. The 23-year-old British actress only had a handful of TV guest starring credits to her name, and one other movie role before she portrayed Rey in director J.J. Abrams' sci-fi blockbuster. Before she returns in Star Wars: Episode VIII, fans can see a new side of the actress, as she lends her voice to the animated film Only Yesterday, which opens in New York City January 1 before expanding across the country on February 26. GKIDS has released the first trailer and poster, along with an interview with Daisy Ridley.
Only Yesterday is considered to be a long-forgotten masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, originally released in Japan back in 1991. Earlier this year, independent animation distributor GKIDS entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to Only Yesterday. The film is directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder and Academy Award nominee Isao Takahata (The Tale of Princess Kaguya).
It's 1982 and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. While traveling by train to visit family in the country, memories flood back of her as a schoolgirl in 1966, and she starts to question whether she has been true to childhood herself. Elegantly switching between her adult present and school girl flashbacks, Takahata brilliantly explores the drama, humor and enchantment of everyday life, in a poignant and achingly beautiful masterpiece from one of the world's most revered animation studios.
Considered a lost gem, Only Yesterday was recently included in Time Out's list of the "Best 100 Animated Movies Ever Made," and counts Wes Anderson and Roger Ebert among its admirers. Only Yesterday is a masterpiece of time and tone, rich with humor and stirring emotion, from one of the world's most revered animation studios. Critically acclaimed but never before released in North America, the film is receiving a national theatrical release in a new, Studio Ghibli-produced, English-language version in celebration of its 25th anniversary.
Daisy Ridley leads the new English voice cast alongside Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein and Alison Fernandez. GKIDS and Studio Ghibli previously partnered on When Marnie Was There, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and From Up on Poppy Hill. Take a look at the trailer, Daisy Ridley interview and poster below, and you can visit the official website at OnlyYesterdayFilm.com to learn about when and where the film will be expanding to this spring.