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My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

Hôhokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun (original title)
The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

Director:

Isao Takahata

Writers:

Hisaichi Ishii (based on the comic strip by), Isao Takahata (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yukiji Asaoka Yukiji Asaoka ... Matsuko (voice)
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka ... Takashi (voice) (as Toru Masuoka)
Masako Araki Masako Araki ... Shige (voice)
Hayato Isohata Hayato Isohata ... Noboru (voice)
Naomi Uno Naomi Uno ... Nonoko (voice)
Akiko Yano Akiko Yano ... Ms. Fujiwara (voice)
Kosanji Yanagiya Kosanji Yanagiya ... Haiku Poem Reader (voice)
Tamao Nakamura Tamao Nakamura ... Shige's Friend (voice)
Chôchô Miyako Chôchô Miyako ... Grandman Kikuchi (voice) (as Chocho Miyako)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Belushi ... Takashi (voice) (as James Belushi)
Jeff Bennett ... Additional Voices (voice)
Alex Buck Alex Buck ... Additional Voices (voice)
A.J. Buckley ... Additional Voices (voice) (as AJ Buckley)
Dixie Carter ... Additional Voices (voice)
Erin Chambers ... Additional Voices (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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Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Neighbors the Yamadas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

JPY2,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is Studio Ghibli's first 100% digitally animated film. Director Isao Takahata wanted the art style of watercolor pictures, which needed digital technology to get the style right. See more »

Quotes

Woman at wedding banquet: Life, as they say, has its ups and downs. At times, the waves may taunt you, tossing you in their swells. But take heart. It's hard to stick with it and make it on your own. But even a couple of losers can survive most things if they're together. So listen, take some advice and have children as soon as you can. Children are the best reasons for riding out life's storms. Nowadays, people say child-rearing is challenging and difficult, but we've done it from time immemorial. Children grow even ...
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Soundtracks

Wedding March, Op. 61-9
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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A very nice film, but difficult to take all in one sitting.
14 January 2003 | by JG2001See all my reviews

My Neighbors the Yamadas is a wonderful series of short stories based around the misadventures of the Yamada family. Varied in length and tone, you never really know what to expect next. However, while it is indeed a great film, it does have its drawbacks. Chiefly that being the fact that the film is probably too long. Since there is no solid narrative to carry the film through, there isn't a normal sense of pacing, and it can be a struggle for some people to make it all the way to the end in one sitting. Aside from this complaint, the film is still a must see.

Some sequences to watch out for:

The family's young daughter, Nonoko, accidentally gets left behind at a shop while on a family excursion, causing the family to panic. Meanwhile, Nonoko simply waits for them, assuming that her family somehow got lost.

A chase scene in which the father imagines himself as Kamen Rider, the hero of a popular Japanese kid's show.

A scene in which some characters are watching a baseball game on television, and the deceptively simple animation style is used to depict scenes from a real game.


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