Release date1997 WriterKoki Mitani (screenplay), Koki Mitani (play), Tokyo Sunshine Boys (play) CastToshiaki Karasawa (Manabu Kudo, the director), Kyōka Suzuki (Miyako Suzuki, the writer), Keiko Toda (Nokko Senbon), Masahiko Nishimura (Tatsuhiko Ushijima), Jun Inoue (Hiromitsu Hirose), Toshiyuki Hosokawa (Hamamura Jo) Similar moviesAlan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Meet John Doe, Broadcasting Girl, Pontypool, Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, Texas Legionnaires
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Welcome Back, Mr.McDonald(ラヂオの時間,Rajio no Jikan) is a 1997 Japanese film directed by Kōki Mitani. It was popular in Japan upon its release and won 3 Japanese Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Supporting Actor (Nishimura Masahiko). It was also nominated for Best Actor (Karasawa Toshiaki), Best Actress (Kyōka Suzuki), Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Lighting, Best Music Score, and Best Supporting Actress (Keiko Toda).
A late-night live broadcast of a radio drama begins with none of the cast or crew being pleased with the project. When the lead actress Nokko Senbon (Keiko Toda) decides she won't play her role unless she's allowed to change her character's name, the whole cast eventually insists on changing various parts of the play to their liking. This begins a chain of events that completely changes every aspect of the story and requires the entire staff to participate in completing the drama, all while live on the air.
Toshiaki Karasawa as Manabu Kudo, the director
Kyōka Suzuki as Miyako Suzuki, the writer
Masahiko Nishimura as Tatsuhiko Ushijima, the producer
Keiko Toda as Nokko Senbon, actress
Inoue Jun as Mitsutoshi Hirose, actor
Toshiyuki Hosokawa as Hamamura Jo, actor
Kaoru Okunuki as Sumiko Nagai, assistant
Zen Kajiwara as Harugoro Otaguro, staff
Moro Morooka as Bucky, the writer
Yoshimasa Kondo as Shiro Suzuki, Miyako's husband
Akira Fuse as Shuji Horinouchi, the executive producer
Shunji Fujimura as Mansaku Iori
Shirô Namiki as Suguru Hosaka, announcer
Hiromasa Taguchi as Makoto Tatsumi, sound mixer
Yasukiyo Umeno as Furukawa
Takehiko Ono as Ben Noda
Ken Watanabe as Truck Yaro
Kaori Momoi as Takako Nakaura, DJ
Bsaku Sato as Iwao Kamota, sleeping guy
Somegoro Ichikawa as Kimihoko Saimeiji, control room
Nobuko Miyamoto as Rumiko Yamazaki, cleaning lady
This film was also released at the Berlin International Film Festival.
This film was originally a play starring the Tokyo Sunshine Boys in Japan.
This film is the first film ever directed by Kōki Mitani. In the "making of" commentary included on the Japanese DVD, Mitani claimed that he worried the scenes were too long—as a theatre writer, he did not know how to write short scenes.
Ken Watanabe plays the Truckdriver Yaro. He played a similar character in the movie Tampopo, a movie directed by Juzo Itami. Another homage to Itami is a cameo by Itami's wife, Nobuko Miyamoto who starred in all of Itami's movies, including Tampopo.