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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

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

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

Soundtracks

Wedding March, Op. 61-9
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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A departure for Studio Ghibli, but definitely worth seeing!
6 December 1999 | by (Utah) – See all my reviews

This film is a definite departure for Studio Ghibli. It's the first Ghibli film to be 100% digital, and there is no real continuing storyline to the movie. Computers were used to achieve the watercolor-style coloring used throughout the movie. It's a collection of short vignettes based on the 4-panel comic strips by Hisaichi ISHII which continues to run the the Asahi Shinbun (the title of the comic has been changed to "Nono-chan").

My personal favorite is the appearance of Gekko Kamen (The Masked Moonbeam), based on a Japanese TV series by the same name from the 1950s or 1960s (I forget the exact years).

Not everyone will enjoy the film, and because of the many cultural references it will be a hard-sell outside of Japan, but it's definitely worth seeing.


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