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Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

Rajio no jikan (original title)
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Toshiaki Karasawa ...
Manabu Kudo, the director
Kyôka Suzuki ...
Miyako Suzuki, the writer
Masahiko Nishimura ...
Tatsuhiko Ushijima
Keiko Toda ...
Nokko Senbon
Jun Inoue ...
Hiromitsu Hirose
Toshiyuki Hosokawa ...
Hamamura Jo
Kaoru Okunuki ...
Sumiko Nagai
Zen Kajiwara ...
Harugoro Otaguro
Moro Morooka ...
Bucky, the writer
Yoshimasa Kondô ...
Shiro Suzuki, Miyako's Husband
Akira Fuse ...
Shuji Horinouchi
Shunji Fujimura ...
Mansaku Iori
Shirô Namiki ...
Suhuru Hosaka
Hiromasa Taguchi ...
Makoto Tatsumi, sound mixer
Yasukiyo Umeno ...
Furukawa
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A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to be Mary Jane and not Ritsuko. That leads to the chain of events which changes the play completely. Written by Anonymous

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8 November 1997 (Japan)  »

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Radio no jikan  »

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$8,887 (USA) (10 September 1999)

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$11,507 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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Toshiyuki Hosokawa introduces his character as Donald McDonald after seeing a McDonald's fast food bag. The reason for this is because Ronald McDonald is known as "Donald McDonald" in Japan. See more »

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References Tampopo (1985) See more »

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thank you, Japan, for making us laugh
18 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Are one of those people who believes that Japan can only make movies about the Yakuza, or such topics? Then look no further than "Rajio no jikan" (called "Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald" in English)! A radio station in Tokyo is broadcasting a love story. It goes smoothly at first, but then they keep rewriting it. From there, their broadcast gets progressively crazier and crazier.

Boy! How they came up with that stuff is beyond me, but they did it. The English title comes from...well, I don't want to spoil that scene. The point is that you gotta see this movie if you can find it anywhere. It hearkens back to movies like "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and "The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming", with the way that something seemingly small branches out into total lunacy. Absolutely hilarious.


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