Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald
|Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald|
|Directed by||Kōki Mitani|
|Written by||Kōki Mitani|
Welcome Back, Mr.McDonald (ラヂオの時間 Rajio no Jikan, "The Time of Radio") 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.