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My Neighbors the Yamadas(ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

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Japan · 1999
Rated PG · 1h 44m
Director Isao Takahata
Starring Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Tôru Masuoka
Genre Animation, Family

The Yamadas are a typical middle class Japanese family in urban Tokyo, and this film chronicles a Fellini-esque variety of episodes in their lives. With tales that range from humorous to heartbreaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems, and joys in their own way.

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Los Angeles Times by

Rendered in Japanese ink wash, it is a surreal look at nuclear family dynamics. [21 Oct 2014, p.D5]


Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

The movie is impressive for its even mix of snarky humor and sincere sentiment, and even more impressive when one considers that director Isao Takahata made his name with the harrowing antiwar drama Grave of the Fireflies (1988).


The New York Times by Mike Hale

Mr. Takahata’s broad, cartoony family comedy whose smeary watercolor washes and Peanuts-like line drawings don’t follow Ghibli’s house style. The family’s misadventures are standard stuff, but the art is continuously inventive.


The A.V. Club by Tasha Robinson

The domestic humor is often too culture-specific to play for a non-Japanese audience, but Yamadas does have its accessible moments, particularly in the sweet extended opening flight of fantasy.

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