Only Yesterday

2016 PG 1h 58m DVD

Only Yesterday

2016 PG 1h 58m DVD
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A lifetime resident of bustling Tokyo, 27-year-old Taeko decides to get away and visit her family in the country. But as her trip stirs memories of her childhood, Taeko begins to wonder whether she's taken the wrong path in life.
Daisy Ridley, Dev Patel, Ashley Eckstein, Alison Fernandez
Isao Takahata
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
French, English
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Only Yesterday was originally released in 1991 and is being re-released in 2016 with a new English voice cast that includes Daisy Ridley and Dev Patel. The movie chronicles a single 27-year-old woman's nostalgia-filled vacation to the Japanese countryside. Since the movie takes place in 1966 and 1982, adult characters smoke cigarettes in several scenes. And in the flashback scenes that take place when the main character is in the fifth grade, there are several references to menstruation, some of which would now be considered outdated (a school nurse encourages female students to purchase special underpants, girls are excused from P.E. because of their periods, etc.) or inappropriate (boys go around making fun of girls because of their periods and try to sneak peeks at their special underwear to see if they're on their periods). There's also some teasing about crushes in the flashbacks and mild romance in the main plot line. In one surprising scene, young Taeko's father slaps her hard across the face for what, to many viewers, will seem like a confusingly minor offense but must be a more problematic act in Japanese culture.

Sexual Content

Boys try to look up girls' skirts to see if they have special "period" underwear; girls call boys "pervs" for doing so. Fifth graders tease one another about liking particular boys or girls. Crushes, romance.


Taeko's dad slaps her hard across the face.


Boys tease girls about being on their periods, buying special underwear, and skipping P.E. because they may (or may not) have their periods. They yell "period girls!" to girls. Also use of insults like "slow-poke," "smelly," "goody-two-shoes," "pest," etc.

Social Behavior

You don't need to be married by a certain age to be happy, and a woman's sole role in society isn't to get married and to have babies by a certain age. Taeko's joy at helping at the farm is a lovely contrast with how sad her own mother seems doing all the household chores at Taeko's father's command. Demonstrates that what happens to you as a child influences you and can inform your decisions as an adult.


One reference to Puma sneakers.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult men smoke cigarettes in several scenes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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