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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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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

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:

JPY 2,000,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,695,383
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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

[Noboru receives a call from a girlfriend]
Haiku reader: The scent of plums / on a mountain path / suddenly dawn.
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Gekkoukamen wa Daredshou
Performed by Yoshio Kondo, King Kobato-Kai
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fun for the whole family!
11 July 2012 | by tehcameltoeSee all my reviews

I think this is a pretty good animation film.

Some people might not like the animation style, but i think it is refreshing in it's simplicity(i'm honestly sick of the usual "kawaii" very pretty anime style). The "yamadas" are the stars of the show, it all revolves around them and the daily routine of the family members.

Its more like a slice of life thing and it doesn't really follow a plot, but there's an overarching theme that links every short bit of the film together. The message that the film is trying to convey is that family should always be united and try to tolerate their differences.

The tone of the film is always bright, even when they are "fighting" it's comical. So you can watch this with your kids.


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