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Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)
"Rajio no jikan" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  8 November 1997 (Japan)
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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 ... 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  »

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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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"Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald" is funny, sweet, surprising, and laugh out loud funny. Character development is marvelous. The plot twists and turns in a delightful manner. Fast paced, yet connected. The characters are so well developed, it might well be better the second time around. The strength of the film is related to it's insightful view of how a group of individuals interact when time is precious. The film itself is a precious gem. The presentation is fresh, clear, and funny without attention to the "cute factor". I could certainly be labeled a "screwball comedy", but is much more than that. It is sensitive, it is gentle, it is so real.Grab the popcorn and your favorite squeeze, and have a ball.


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