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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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Takashi Yamada (voice)
Alex Buck ...
Department Store Clerk (voice)
(voice) (as Jordan Orr)


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 <>

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Kanai anzen wa sekai no negai. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 July 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

My Neighbors the Yamadas  »

Box Office


JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Studio Ghibli's first 100% digitally animated film. Directir Isao Takahata wanted the art style of watercolor pictures, which needed digital technology to get the style right. See more »


[Mr Yamada eats dinner while his wife watches TV]
Haiku reader: Turn towards me / I'm lonely too / the Autumn dusk.
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References My Neighbor Totoro (1988) See more »


Adagio in G Minor
Music by Tomaso Albinoni
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The craziest simplest family
17 April 2010 | by (Évora, Portugal) – See all my reviews

What an amazing movie! I was not expecting it! The story is a very simple one, I would even say this movie has an"episodic" nature because it tells the daily-life chronicles of the Yamadas, some shorter, some longer. However its never dull or boring, all these episodes in the Yamadas' lives felt interesting, funny and refreshing one after another, switching the spotlight of the family members in each one.

The art style is very unusual, sketchy and fits the story incredibly well. It's undoubtfully different than your standard anime visuals, but beautifully hand-drawn nonetheless. I really liked it.

The characters are all superb! To the serious, old fashioned and wise grandma who still thinks she has a lot to give, to the hard-working, day-dreamer and misunderstood father who dreams about breaking the routine and to be acknowledged by his family (that in fact he really cares about). They all have a lot to give and to show through the movie and are constantly being put into ordinary daily-life tasks and obstacles while dealing with them in their very unique and hilarious way.

Overall this movie is nothing more and nothing less than a very funny slice of life, with different and refreshing visuals, superb characters and filled with very interesting and thoughtful scenes (Being the scenes with the Father the best and most enjoyable ones for me ^^). The worst thing about entertainment is getting into it expecting a lot and being disappointed. On the other hand, the best thing about it, is getting into it expecting nothing... and ending utterly amused! For me "My Neighbors the Yamadas" was the best example of that, it was just that great.

If you like light-hearted comedies or a good slice of life and are opened to unusual art, then by all means, watch this lesser-known Ghibli by the genius director Takahata!

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