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My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
"Hôhokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Family  |  17 July 1999 (Japan)
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The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hayato Isohata ...
Noboru Yamada (voice)
Masako Araki ...
Shige Yamano (voice)
Naomi Uno ...
Nonoko Yamada (voice)
Tôru Masuoka ...
Takashi Yamda (voice)
Yukiji Asaoka ...
Matsuko Yamada (voice)
Akiko Yano ...
Fujiwara-Sensei (voice)
Kosanji Yanagiya ...
Haiku reader (voice)
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Takashi Yamada (voice)
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Storyline

The Yamadas are a typical middle class Japanese family in urban Tokyo and this film shows us a variety of episodes of their lives. With tales that range from the humourous to the heartbreaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems and joys in their own way. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@home.com>

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The ups and downs of life. See more »


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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17 July 1999 (Japan)  »

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Budget:

JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This is Studio Ghibli's first 100% digitally animated film. See more »

Quotes

[the Yamada family meets Takashi on his way home and they return together]
Haiku reader: A spring shower / dressed for rain / talking as they go.
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Spoofed in South Park: The Death of Eric Cartman (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp Minor, 1st Movement
Music by Gustav Mahler
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Brilliant...As usual....

The new Ghibli Studio production, Tonari no Yamadakun, is two years after "Mononoke" a new masterpiece of animation. The story... Well, there is no story. Just a superposition of sequences, each being more hilarating than the preceding. Director Takahata, using computers generated "hand-like" drawings, wanted the result to be as close as possible to the original newspapers comic, and he fully suceeded. In spite of the apparent graphic simplicity, the astounding quality of the animation makes the characters so lively that it seems sometimes more "real" than conventional cell animation.

The yamadas are a typical japanese family, living in the Kansai area (Osaka). They do not speak standard japanese, especially the Granma, so as almost all of the gags are not visual, so if you plan to see it in Japanese, you should have very strong basis of the language. This is one of the most inventive animation movies I've seen since a very long time...


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