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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 (comic), Isao Takahata | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Hayato Isohata Hayato Isohata ... Noboru Yamada (voice)
Masako Araki Masako Araki ... Shige Yamano (voice)
Naomi Uno Naomi Uno ... Nonoko Yamada (voice)
Tôru Masuoka Tôru Masuoka ... Takashi Yamda (voice)
Yukiji Asaoka Yukiji Asaoka ... Matsuko Yamada (voice)
Akiko Yano Akiko Yano ... Fujiwara-Sensei (voice)
Kosanji Yanagiya Kosanji Yanagiya ... Haiku reader (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Belushi ... Takashi Yamada (voice) (as James Belushi)
Jeff Bennett ... (voice)
Alex Buck Alex Buck ... (voice)
A.J. Buckley ... (voice)
Dixie Carter ... (voice)
Erin Chambers ... Department Store Clerk (voice)
Maree Cheatham ... (voice)
Jordan Del Spina ... (voice) (as Jordan Orr)
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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:

17 July 1999 (Japan) 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

The film is the first adaptation of Hisaichi Ishii's newspaper strip comic "My Neighbors the Yamadas" (renamed "Nono-chan" in 1997). 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

Spoofs Gekkô kamen (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Toy Symphony, 2nd Movement - Menuette
Music by Leopold Mozart
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Brilliant...As usual....
20 July 1999 | by Pmust-3See all my reviews

The new Ghibli Studio production, Tonari no Yamadakun, is two years after "Mononoke" a new masterpiece of animation. The story... Well, there is no story. Just a superposition of sequences, each being more hilarating than the preceding. Director Takahata, using computers generated "hand-like" drawings, wanted the result to be as close as possible to the original newspapers comic, and he fully suceeded. In spite of the apparent graphic simplicity, the astounding quality of the animation makes the characters so lively that it seems sometimes more "real" than conventional cell animation.

The yamadas are a typical japanese family, living in the Kansai area (Osaka). They do not speak standard japanese, especially the Granma, so as almost all of the gags are not visual, so if you plan to see it in Japanese, you should have very strong basis of the language. This is one of the most inventive animation movies I've seen since a very long time...


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