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
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Takahata shows his deep understanding of the human psyche once again in this lovely little film about a semi-functional middle class Japanese family. Its more or less a Japanese version of the Simpsons but much more humane and touching compared to the grotesque comedy presented in that show.
While not remotely on the same league as Grave of the Fireflies or Once Yesterday, this little film is still quite excellent in what it sets itself to do, that's it, to entertain and affect the viewer in a rather deep way. That's because most of the situations depicted in the show actually happened to my life (and, I guess, to the lives of others as well).
Recommended specially to Ghibli fans but I wouldn't consider it required viewing.
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