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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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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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The ups and downs of life. 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?


The film is based on the newspaper strip comic "My Neighbors the Yamadas" (renamed "Nono-chan" in 1997) by Hisaichi Ishii. See more »


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Different and delightful
23 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do not think this is Studio Ghibli's best film, but I liked it because it was different and it still maintained their charm. I do think though out of the English dubs this is one of the weaker ones. Don't get me wrong the voice acting is fine, it's just that the script as has been said before has many references that some mayn't get. That said, it is a very funny and charming film. The animation is excellent, different in a sketchy sort of style but I liked that, and the music is cool. The story is engaging while working at being simple, and the characters are sheer delights, I can never get enough of the grandma. Overall, not their best but I still really liked it. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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