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Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

Rajio no jikan (original title)
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

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Kôki Mitani

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Kôki Mitani (screenplay), Kôki Mitani (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshiaki Karasawa Toshiaki Karasawa ... Manabu Kudo, the director
Kyôka Suzuki Kyôka Suzuki ... Miyako Suzuki, the writer
Masahiko Nishimura ... Tatsuhiko Ushijima
Keiko Toda Keiko Toda ... Nokko Senbon
Jun Inoue Jun Inoue ... Hiromitsu Hirose
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Hamamura Jo
Kaoru Okunuki Kaoru Okunuki ... Sumiko Nagai
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ... Harugoro Otaguro (as Zen Kajiwara)
Moro Morooka ... Bucky, the writer
Yoshimasa Kondô Yoshimasa Kondô ... Shiro Suzuki, Miyako's Husband
Akira Fuse Akira Fuse ... Shuji Horinouchi
Shunji Fujimura ... Mansaku Iori
Shirô Namiki Shirô Namiki ... Suhuru Hosaka
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi ... Makoto Tatsumi, sound mixer
Yasukiyo Umeno Yasukiyo Umeno ... Furukawa
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Storyline

A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to be Mary Jane and not Ritsuko. That leads to the chain of events which changes the play completely. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 November 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio no jikan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,887, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$11,507
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Dolby SR

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Color
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Trivia

Toshiyuki Hosokawa introduces his character as Donald McDonald after seeing a McDonald's fast food bag. The reason for this is because Ronald McDonald is known as "Donald McDonald" in Japan. See more »

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References Tampopo (1985) See more »

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A great movie about radio.
19 December 2006 | by ronsaylesSee all my reviews

This is the greatest movie about radio that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. It is the story of what can and does happen when changes are made to the script just before air time and while on the air. How the story gets wildly out of control and how sound effects are created, on the spot, by an ex-sound effects man who is now the security guard for the radio station. If you like radio as it once was, you will like this movie. It is a 1988 release with English subtitles, but don't let the fact that it has subtitles scare you away. They are in yellow and easy to read. As an added bonus one of the stars is Watanabe Ken who was nominated for a best supporting acting award for the movie "The Last Samurai."


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