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My Neighbours The Yamadas [DVD]

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  • Directors: Isao Takahata
  • Producers: Takashi Shoji
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2006
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMI5LU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,277 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Synopsis

Available for the first time in high definition on Blu-ray Double Play courtesy of Studio Ghibli, My Neighbours the Yamadas invites you to join the adventures of the quirky Yamada family brilliantly presented in an unique, visually striking comic-strip style.

Takashi Yamada and his wacky wife Matsuko, who has no talent for housework, navigate their way through the ups and downs of work, marriage and family life. Amongst their brood is the sharp-tongued grandmother who lives with them; a teenage son who wishes he had cooler parents; and a pesky daughter whose loud voice is unusual for someone so small. Even the family dog has issues! This film shows us a variety of episodes of their lives with tales that range from the humorous to the heart-breaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems and joys in their own way.

The beauty of Studio Ghibli can now be enjoyed on both the original DVD and all new Blu-ray with this Blu-ray Double Play edition.

Special Features include:
  • Storyboards
  • NTV Special Program: Super TV "15 Months Exclusive Coverage: Secrets of My Neighbours the Yamadas"
  • Behind the Microphone
  • TV Spots
  • Original Japanese Theatrical Trailers
  • Studio Ghibli Collection Trailers
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Classic Japanese anime feature from Studio Ghibli, following the adventures of the eccentric Yamada family in modern day Tokyo. Yakashi and Matsuko Yamada negotiate life, love and work, while dealing with their sharp-tongued grandmother, their morose teenage son, and their boisterous young daughter.

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Directed by Isao Takahata ('Grave of the Fireflies', 'Pom Poko') in 1999, this centres around the various members of the Yamada family, which consist of a boy, a girl, their parents, their grandmother and the family dog. They all live together and the film is essentially sketch after silly sketch in which some quite daft things happen.

Even just looking at the cover artwork, you can tell that this is not your typical anime-style work. Being allegedly based on a comic series of some kind, 'My Neighbours The Yamadas' uses a digital method of depicting what effectively looks like animated watercolour work, and it actually works quite well and is surprisingly charming.

There's no plot as such; it's just like a series of short sketches dealing with everyday incidents that occur in the Yamada family.

If there were some faults that prevent me giving this a 5 rating, they'd be most notably (a) it's a bit too long-winded to sit through the whole thing in one go, so it might be advisable to watch it in parts; and (b) a couple of the sketches require a knowledge of Japanese culture, so may be lost on overseas markets.

Try it; you may just like to see Japanese animation with a difference. And it's in the hands of a master like Isao Takahata, so a lot of people should enjoy it even with the very unique artwork.
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My neighbors the yamadas portrays suburban middle class life as it is in Japan or any other part of the globe for that matter. Directed by Isao takahata, this experimental studio ghibli film is unlike any of their previous films. A collection of short vignettes, showing everyday life of yamadas family, My neighbors the yamadas wears a newspaper comic strip look. It lacks all the usual detail, fine lines and photorealistic backgrounds of other ghibli films without losing any depth or appeal. Digitally achieved watercolor wash look works just fine for the style of the film and makes it visually striking and different from any other work studio has ever done.

My neighbors the yamadas is filled with humor, satire, grief and quite possibly everything else a middle class experiences. Everyday life incidents you can relate to and situations you can identify with, mentioning any of which here, may spoil the fun for those who havent seen the film.

Lets look at the dvd now. My neighbors the yamadas happens to be the only studio ghibli film released by disney as a single disc dvd. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, picture quality of the disc looks absolutely crisp and flawless and so is the sound. As usual, both English and Japanese tracks, rendered in dolby digital 5.1 are available on the disc. English dub featuring the voices of Jim belushi, Molly shannon and others doesnt disappoint and is quite decent. Bonus features include a "behind the microphone" featurette (approx 6 minutes) showing the english dubbing process and original trailers and tv spots which run a little more than 15 minutes. Fans of rough animation would be delighted to see the first trailer, which shows one complete segment from the film in line drawings without any colors filled.
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Are you old enough to remember the animation from "The wall" by Pink Floyd?, or Urotsukidoji? Just to give you a couple of examples.

Animation doesn't always mean "cartoons", it doesn't always mean "for kids".

This is a great animation film full of wisdom and depth, that will be enjoyed by most Japanese adults (for cultural references) and some Western ones.

I must admit that the 2nd half of the movie lacks the dynamic of the first half, but it's such a charming and touching movie that everything is forgiven once the end credits roll.

I will always keep in my memory the scene where the whole family loses the small girl in the mall. The mom, the dad, the grandma and the older brother. They all panic because they lost her. But she doesn't seem too bothered, she tells the lady in reception that, instead, she lost them. Unforgettable is also the scene with the pork and the umbrella.

This movie shows how fragile we adults are, it shows our insecurities, dreams, frustrations, limitations... It shows how similar to kids we are. I couldn't tell how many times I smiled while watching this movie.

The morale of the story is: no matter how imperfect you or your family is, you'll be all right; don't worry, no one is perfect.

Great movie to watch and share for an open minded couple.
Maybe, just maybe, ff you're under 30, you might not be able to fully enjoy it.
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My Neighbours The Yamadas is not a "kid's film." There are no magic elements, no real plot or story line, no special events. It's just a family living their lives and learning from each other how to make it through. Parents and other adults will get a lot more out of it than kids, since most of the humour has to do with family life from the adult perspective: marriage, child rearing, midlife crises, even facing the inevitable aging process. It reminded me strongly of one of those TV sketch show specials that were so popular in the 70s; a series of gags and jokes that make us laugh because we recognise ourselves or those we know well. Many of the gags do have a point, the point being that if you stay together and accept each other, you can make it through. You don't have to watch it straight through at one sitting, which is good, because about 30 min before the end the film seems to lose rhythm. At about the point where Takashi sits in the park and dreams about being a superhero, something seems to slow the whole thing down. The end just seemed patched on. It was like they didn't know what to do to finish it. The colours are beautiful, the animation totally different to any other Ghibli film. It's not riveting, but I did find that people I watch it with want to pause the film and react, share anecdotes, and discuss life. Good conversation piece.
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