From the legendary Studio Ghibli, the creators of "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away", comes the 25th anniversary re-release of this touching story about life and reflection.
It's 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, single, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: her first budding romance, the physical manifestations of maturation, and the frustration of math and boys.
At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio, and her encounter with him begins to reconnect her with forgotten dreams. In lyrical switches between the present and the past, Taeko contemplates the current arc of her life, and wonders if she has really been true to the dreams of her childhood self.
Japanese w. English subtitles | Rated PG | 118 min | 1991 | Dir. by Isao Takahata
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ANIMATOR MICHIYO YASUDA
For five decades, Michiyo Yasuda worked as an animator and color designer, and powerfully influenced the trademark Ghibli look. Director of the Studio Ghibli color department since 1984, Ms. Yasuda created the signature feel for beloved films such as Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), and Howl's Moving Castle (2004).
In 2011 she was recognized for her work and received the Animation Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japanese Movie Critics Awards. Michiya Yasuda recently passed away on October 5, 2016 at the age of 77, but her memory lives within the palettes of her films.