My Neighbors the Yamadas

You can't choose your family, but family members can make life fun. A Japanese animated film from the renowned Studio Ghibli for audience of all ages.

Hōhokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun
Japan 1999
  • Czech
104 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

There were six of them – father Takashi, mother Matsuko, high school student Noboru, little Nonoko, grandmother Shige and dog Pochi. Together, they form the Yamada family, seemingly ordinary and bland, like thousands of others in contemporary Japan. And that's exactly what they are on second glance, but that glance also reveals that there is an understated beauty in their everyday hardships that can put a smile on your face, warm your heart and even impart a lot of wisdom about what happiness is and how to keep it.

Director Isao Takahata is one of the world's most important animators. In 1985, he co-founded the animation studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki and became its second creative pillar. Unlike Miyazaki, who gives vent to his own imagery in his films, Takahata is a director with an ambition to push the possibilities and status of animation as an art form. Under the patronage of Studio Ghibli, he has mostly made adaptations of other peoples' work, but all of them disrupt traditional notions of what kind of audience animated feature films are for, what they are about, or what they look like.

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Director: Isao Takahata
Based on: Hisaichi Ishii
Screenplay: Isao Takahata
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Akiko Yano
Sound: Tom E. Dahl
Editing: Takeshi Seyama
Producer: Takashi Shoji, Seiichirô Ujiie
Cast: Yukiji Asaoka, Tôru Masuoka, Masako Araki, Hayato Isohata, Naomi Uno, Akiko Yano, Kosanji Yanagiya, Tamao Nakamura, Chôchô Miyako
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2028 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.