Despite his influence, it’s unfortunately not as easy as it should be for Americans to get ahold of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata’s films.
But North American indie distributor GKIDS is beginning to address this disparity by at last importing Takahata’s 1991 animated drama Only Yesterday, which (believe it or not) is the only Studio Ghibli film never to have received a North American release. GKIDS and Ghibli are planning a theatrical bow in 2016, which marks Only Yesterday’s 25th anniversary.
“With this 25th anniversary release, a broad new audience will now be able to discover what passionate supporters have known for years,” said GKIDS senior vice president of distribution, David Jesteadt, about the deal, which encompasses all North American theatrical, non-theatrical, home video, and television rights. “Only Yesterday is a groundbreaking classic, and further demonstration of Isao Takahata’s incredible legacy as a filmmaker.”