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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:

Kanai anzen wa sekai no negai. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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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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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

[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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Spoofed in South Park: The Death of Eric Cartman (2005) See more »

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Cute minimalistic family anime
10 February 2014 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

When I first started watching the movie and I saw the way it was drawn - colored pencil style, I thought it is some sort of children thing and I would not like it. But the minimalistic animation works very well for this film, which shows the everyday life of a Japanese family. They are not very smart, good looking or have anything special. They are forgetful, self centered and lazy. But they have each other and they are happy. That's a beautiful message in a world dominated by heroes, celebrity and egotism.

One might not like one thing, that the story is merely descriptive. There is no "end" to it, just a funny enumeration of family moments. I enjoyed it, though. The speech at the beginning, from the woman advising the newlyweds what life is and how they should spend it together is both funny, mostly true and descriptive of the rest of the film. The part with "life is hard when you are alone, but even two losers can go through life if they are together" cracked me up, as well as the part with "have children, it will help you appreciate your parents; they will come and take care of them for you from time to time".

The bottom line is that this is a movie that families should watch together. It would relieve the pressure of never appearing to make mistakes, trying to be a perfect whatever and missing the joy of life. Now, it's too late for my family, but this film may be a way to screw up your children less.

So, while this would not be for everyone, The Yamadas is one of those Studio Ghibli animes that makes you have warm feelings.


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