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Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo 

The Simpsons must perform on a Japanese game show after Homer loses their money on a vacation.

Director:

Jim Reardon

Writers:

Matt Groening (created by), James L. Brooks (developed by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dan Castellaneta ... Homer Simpson / Groundskeeper Willie / Emperor / Barney (voice)
Julie Kavner ... Marge Simpson (voice)
Nancy Cartwright ... Bart Simpson / Maggie Simpson / Todd Flanders (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Lisa Simpson (voice)
Hank Azaria ... Snake / Chuck Garabedian / Man / Squid / Moe Szyslak / Comic Book Guy (voice)
Harry Shearer ... Lenny / Ned Flanders / Mr. Burns / Rich Uncle Pennybags / Jim Belushi / Pilot / Guard / Ambassador / Smithers (voice)
George Takei ... Wink, the Game Show Host (voice)
Denice Kumagai ... Japanese Mother (voice)
Tress MacNeille ... (voice)
Karen Maruyama ... Japanese Stewardess (voice)
Maggie Roswell ... Canadian Wife / Maude Flanders (voice)
Gedde Watanabe ... Cartoon Squid / Japanese Father / Japanese Man / Man / Sumo / TV Announcer / Teller / Toilet / Waiter (voice)
Karl Wiedergott Karl Wiedergott ... Mr. Monopoly / Woody Allen (voice)
Keone Young ... Fish (voice)
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Storyline

The Simpsons go to Tokyo where Bart and Homer get thrown into jail after mistaking the emperor for a Sumo wrestler and Marge has to use up most of their holiday money as bail. When Homer makes an origami crane out of their last million yen note and it blows away,they are forced to take part in a dangerous game-show in order to win the money for their return flight. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Genres:

Animation | Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

16 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (seasons 3-19)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This was banned in Japan due to a scene where Homer throws the country's Emperor out of a sumo ring. See more »

Goofs

The camera zooms in to see Marge's shoe fall off into the "lava", yet when she falls down the tube and gets back up, both shoes are on her feet. See more »

Quotes

Marge: C'mon, Homer, Japan will be fun. You like Rashoman.
Homer: That's not how I remember it. Besides, if we wanted to see Japanese people we could have gone to the zoo.
Marge: Homer.
Homer: What? The guy who washes the elephants is Japanese. His name is Takashi. He's in my book club.
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Connections

References Pokémon (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
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S10: A bit more far-fetched and reliant on cameos than I would like, but still fun and inventive
25 April 2015 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Rightly or wrongly, I felt the ninth season had a good balance of character driven plots which managed to stay grounded therein, despite some of them being more extreme in their narrative. The tenth season continues the latter but is less successful at the former, as more of this season seems to be extreme and event driven. The plots generally are more about what the story is than how the characters fit within them, whether it be the hunt for Nessie, the family in Japan, the Baldwin's, or being a bodyguard to the Mayor, the characters are within these stories more than being where I was watching. It is hard to describe what I mean, but by chance I had recently watched a season of Always Sunny in Philadelphia (also season 10 as it happens) and in that show the plots always act as only a frame for the characters, here it is similar, but perhaps not as strong.

That said, it is still funny and engaging, even if the plots occasionally do seem throwaway or exaggerated. The delivery of sight gaps, clever dialogue, character-driven humor, or just broad humor does work consistently, and the talented voice cast all continue to do very good work with good timing – as they should for the money they are earning by this point. The standard of animation remains high, and it all looks good and is edited together with discipline and a tight control. It is not quite as good as the classic seasons, but it is not a million miles away, even if personally I think the direction it is moving is not the best.


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