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Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

Rajio no jikan (original title)
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

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Kôki Mitani

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Kôki Mitani (screenplay), Kôki Mitani (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshiaki Karasawa Toshiaki Karasawa ... Manabu Kudo, the director
Kyôka Suzuki Kyôka Suzuki ... Miyako Suzuki, the writer
Masahiko Nishimura ... Tatsuhiko Ushijima
Keiko Toda Keiko Toda ... Nokko Senbon
Jun Inoue Jun Inoue ... Hiromitsu Hirose
Toshiyuki Hosokawa Toshiyuki Hosokawa ... Hamamura Jo
Kaoru Okunuki Kaoru Okunuki ... Sumiko Nagai
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara ... Harugoro Otaguro (as Zen Kajiwara)
Moro Morooka ... Bucky, the writer
Yoshimasa Kondô Yoshimasa Kondô ... Shiro Suzuki, Miyako's Husband
Akira Fuse Akira Fuse ... Shuji Horinouchi
Shunji Fujimura ... Mansaku Iori
Shirô Namiki Shirô Namiki ... Suhuru Hosaka
Hiromasa Taguchi Hiromasa Taguchi ... Makoto Tatsumi, sound mixer
Yasukiyo Umeno Yasukiyo Umeno ... Furukawa
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Storyline

A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to be Mary Jane and not Ritsuko. That leads to the chain of events which changes the play completely. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

8 November 1997 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Radio no jikan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,887, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,507, 12 September 1999
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Dolby SR

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Color
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Trivia

Toshiyuki Hosokawa introduces his character as Donald McDonald after seeing a McDonald's fast food bag. The reason for this is because Ronald McDonald is known as "Donald McDonald" in Japan. See more »

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A real hoot.
5 February 2000 | by dreamalertSee all my reviews

"Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald" in English. This account of a live radio drama gone awry has universal appeal, while also poking fun at contemporary Japanese culture. There are some wonderfully frantic comic scenes in it. Everything that can go wrong with a young writer's first drama script happens, which is how a love story about a Japanese girl saved by a fisherman turns into the tale of a Chicago trial lawyer rescued by an astronaut who's subsequently lost in space, etc. I give it eight ho's out of ten.


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