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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$11,507 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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Trivia

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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Radio Chaos
23 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A brilliant comedy from Japan about a radio station going live with an original drama written by Miyako, a housewife, who entered a contest the station gave. She is played superbly by the plainly dressed but pretty Kyoko Suzuki. From the beginning, the madness starts. Her screenplay keeps getting tweaked to the point where it is unrecognizable and the last second script changes keep the tension up. Throughout, the characters are so rich: The temperamental actress Nokko (Keiko Toda), the too appeasing producer, the opinionated engineer, the suffering manager of Nokko, Miyako's husband who thinks the screenplay is about him, and so on. Its screwball comedy at its best, frantic, unrelenting and, at times, hilarious. I would not usually give a 10 to a movie such as this, but this one not only keeps your interest, it gets better and better. Even Ken Wattanabe is here, playing a trucker who, while driving his big rig, tunes into the melodrama and is moved by it all. Writer/Director Koki Mitani does a superb job of keeping the pacing perfect in this film. You have to see it, it is really terrific.


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