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

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$11,507 (USA) (10 September 1999)
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A great comedy
6 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If it were possible I'd give this film a higher score.

When I visited Japan in 1997 I saw a TV program that previewed this movie. I had always remembered what the film was about, but I had long forgotten the title of the film and I had never seen it in the United States as the big city I live in isn't big enough for films like this.

Fast forward to late 2009 when my wife and I decided to go to our local library to borrow films to watch. We were looking for Japanese films that we hadn't seen, and this was one of them. I couldn't believe I had finally found the film I was searching for.

This is a great film and is laugh out loud from start to finish. I had to look at some scenes a second and third time to catch the action I had missed from laughing. Of course, for the week I had it I watched it several more times!

The fact that this is a screwball comedy means that action takes place in the background as well as directly in front of the camera. Therefore, it is necessary to look fast and catch all the action, or rewind and watch it again and again and again.

If you like to laugh this film fills the bill very nicely. Not many people can pull off the high quality of this type of film. This film is my new all time favorite movie.

I wish I hadn't had to wait so long to find it. In my opinion, on a scale of 1 to 100 I proudly give this film 1,000,000! (I'm not paid to say this.)

Happy viewing, and don't eat or drink anything while watching this film...you'll choke.


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