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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

JPY2,000,000,000 (estimated)
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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 Yamada: The reason the Yamadas get along fine is because all three adults are nuts. If one of you were normal it would unbalance the rest.
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Soundtracks

Adagio in G Minor
Music by Tomaso Albinoni
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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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