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Chie the Brat (1981)

Jarinko Chie (original title)
Chie Takemoto is a small dependable girl who lives in Osaka with her dad. She has two goals - to get her troublesome father, who runs a tavern, some work and then get him to make up with her mother who left him.


Isao Takahata




Credited cast:
Chinatsu Nakayama Chinatsu Nakayama ... Takemoto Chie (voice)
Norio Nishikawa Norio Nishikawa ... Takemoto Tetsu (voice)
Kiyoshi Nishikawa Kiyoshi Nishikawa ... Kotetsu (voice)
Yasushi Yokoyama Yasushi Yokoyama ... Antonio Jr. (voice)
Shinsuke Shimada Shinsuke Shimada ... Masaru (voice)
Ryûsuke Matsumoto Ryûsuke Matsumoto ... Shigeru (voice)
Utako Kyô ... Obaa (voice)
Keisuke Otori Keisuke Otori ... Ojii (voice) (as Keisuke Ootori)
Gannosuke Ashiya Gannosuke Ashiya ... Shacho (voice)
Kyoko Mitsubayashi Kyoko Mitsubayashi ... Yoshie (voice)
Bunshi Katsura Vi Bunshi Katsura Vi ... Hanai sensei (voice) (as Bunshi Katsura)
Yoshiko Ohta Yoshiko Ohta ... Masaru's mother (voice)
Ichirô Nagai ... Shocho (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
All Hanshin All Hanshin ... Tetsu's friend (voice) (as Ôru-Hanshin)
Yoshio Kamigata Yoshio Kamigata ... Maruyama Mitsuru (voice)


Chie Takemoto is a small dependable girl who lives in Osaka with her dad. She has two goals - to get her troublesome father, who runs a tavern, some work and then get him to make up with her mother who left him.

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When Tokyo Movie Sinsha decided to make this film, one of the candidates for the director was Hayao Miyazaki, who had directed "Rupan Sansei Kariosutoro No Shiro" for them. But he declined the offer by insisting that he would change the whole concept from the point of view of cat characters. See more »


When Chie and Tetsu are back home after the visit in the school, they are having an argument. At one point, Chie's grandma (Tetsu's mother) throws one of the shoes she's wearing at Tetsu's head. Then Grandma keeps her shoe on and then not, it changes between shots. See more »


Karumera Brothers: Say, how great! C'mon, man, gimme that okonomiyaki!
Shacho: Sorry,chap. I just made it for this little girl.
Karumera Brothers: What the...!!!
[bangs on the table]
Takemoto Chie: [whispers relieved] How *great*!!
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Alternate Versions

This movie was produced before the TV-series with the same title. See more »


References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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A movie like marbles on the floor...
9 November 2010 | by mikealikeSee all my reviews

The movie feels like a child throwing his brightly coloured marbles on the floor: they look fascinating, going each in a different direction, their noise is loud yet pleasant and in the end one feels like laughing. But also as a spectator, if you are familiar with what a broken family means, there are moments when you feel like crying. A small girl lives with her violent father who gambles a lot and takes money from his own parents, while her mother is away from home, not wanting the father to know that she is seeing her daughter from time to time. But...things are not so cliché at all, the girl is a tough nut, the father is sometimes really well meaning, the mother is somehow too delicate, and the grandparents still treat their own son as a young boy, snapping at him and hitting him. you feel like you did not "get" each of them all over again when the story changes a couple of times. Old enemies become friends, on the edge of the absurd, only not quite, if you think of how things turn up in life. The movie is definitely worth seeing up to the end, because it has something unique. It also has violence, sincere facts of life, and the portraits of people from another culture or era. The hilarious scenes take you by surprise, one can't help laughing even if you somehow feel you should have stayed serious or even upset at some scene or another. Some Takahata features are visible too, the fighting cats, foe example, similar to the raccoon-dogs from Pom Poko. Very lively movie.

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11 April 1981 (Japan) See more »

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