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

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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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Alex Buck ...
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Department Store Clerk (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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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)  »

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Budget:

JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

[Mother discovers that Noboru brought home a book on F-1 racing]
Noboru Yamada: It's your fault, for starting me with "Power Rangers" ABC when I was three...
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Connections

Spoofed in South Park: The Death of Eric Cartman (2005) See more »

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Nico performed by Jia Peng-Fang
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Excellent offering from Takahata
29 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

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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