JAPAN, Our Homeland (movie)

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Alternative title:
Furusato JAPAN (Japanese)
JAPAN, notre Enfance (French)
Japonia – moja ojczyzna (Polish)
La Chorale (French)
Le voci della nostra infanzia (Italian)
Mein Heimatland Japan (German)
Япония, наше отечество (Russian)
ふるさと-JAPAN (Japanese)
故鄉之歌 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Genres: drama
Themes: historical
Plot Summary: The 31st year of the Showa Era (1956) marked the tenth year since Japan's defeat in World War II. It was when Japan took its first step out of post-war poverty to rejoin the international community. In old downtown Tokyo, a teacher and her students try to pass down Doyo (Japanese traditional children's songs) as the root of Japanese cultural identity to the future generations.
User Ratings: 24 ratings have been given [details]
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Seen in part or in whole by 37 users, rank: #4483 (of 5923)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.958 (Good), std. dev.: 1.5674, rank: #2477 (of 5916)
Weighted mean: 7.041 (Good), rank: #2014 (of 5916) (seen all: 7.04)
Bayesian estimate: 7.207 (Good+), rank: #1457 (of 4471)
Running time: 96 minutes
Vintage: 2007-04-07
Premiere date:
2007-04-07 (Japan)
2008-01-17 (Italy - Future Film Festival)
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
"Kojo no Tsuki (荒城の月; Moonlit Castle Ruins)" by Tsutomu Aragaki
Ending Theme:
"Utau Hito (歌う人; Singer)" by KOKIA
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Akio Nishizawa
Screenplay: Akio Nishizawa
Storyboard: Keiichiro Furuya
Unit Director: Masakatsu Iijima
Music: Makoto Kuriya
Character Design: Hiroshi Kugimiya
Art Director: Tadashi Kudo
Chief Animation Director: Hiroshi Kugimiya
Sound Director: Yoku Shioya
Director of Photography: Mitsunobu Yoshida
Executive producer: Masahiro Murakami

Assistant producer: Ryo Segawa
Associate producer: Naoki Ishihara
Color design: Yuko Kanemaru
Editing: Souji Goto
Planning: Masae Nishizawa
Setting Coordinator: Miki Matsumura
Sound Mixing: Tsukuru Takagi
Theme Song Composition:
Kokia (ED)
Rentaro Taki (OP)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Bansui Doi (OP)
Kokia (ED)
Theme Song Performance:
Kokia (ED)
Tsutomu Aragaki (OP)
Alessandra Karpoff as Fukuko Yanagizawa(madre) 
Emanuela Pacotto as Shizu Miyanaga 
Giovanna Papandrea as Reiko Yanagizawa 
Giulia Franzoso as Rieko Sakamoto 
Jenny DeCesarei as Fukuko Yanagizawa(sorella) 
Loretta Di Pisa as Yayoi Tajima 
Maika Kawaguchi as Shizu Miyanaga
Marco Balzarotti as Genji Yanagizawa 
Naoya Sekine as Akira Yanagisawa
Sayaka Hanamura as Ms. Rieko Sakamoto
Stefano Pozzi as Akira Yanagizawa 
Subaru Kimura as Gonji "Gon" Abe

Adele Pellegatta as Signora Shimazu 
Davide Garbolino as Teru Yoshimura 
Diego Sabre as Signor Akiyama 
Donatella Fanfani as Signora Miyanaga 
Elisabetta Cesone as Signora Aoki 
Eri Osonoe as Yayoi Tajima
Eri Saito as Mrs. Aoki, Akira's Neighbor
Federico Zanandrea as Yoshio Kawabata 
Giorgio Bonino as Preside Ikeno 
Giuliana Atepi as Kimiyo Arima 
Hikari Yono as Fukuko Yanagisawa (Akira's Mother)
Ikkyuu Juku as Shizu's Father
Kanon Nagashima as Reiko Yanagisawa (Akira's Little Sister)
Keiko Sonoda as Shizu's Mother
Kengo Kumagai as Hiroshi "Hakase" Sugiura
Kurumi Honta as Kimiyo Arima
Masakazu Suzuki as Masaki Sakamoto (Ms. Sakamoto's Brother)
Masaki Terasoma as Mr. Takii
Nana Takada as Hikaru Goto
Rumi Nakamura as Fukuko Yanagisawa (Akira's Old Sister)
Sayuri Sadaoka as Mrs. Shimazu, the Landlady
Seigo Kuwabara as Yoshio Kawabata
Takaya Hashi as Genji Yanagisawa (Akira's Father)
Tetsuya Kannami as Kazuteru "Teru" Yoshimura
Yasuko Hatori as The Owner of Miki Stationery Store
Yasuo Iwata as Principal Ikeno
Youji Ueda as Mr. Akiyama
Yūko Kobayashi as Announcer at the Chorus Competition
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Wao World
Sound Engineering: Studio Mausu
Sound Mixing Studio: Tokyo TV Center
French cast
French staff
Dubbing Director: Marie Diot
Céline Melloul as Akira
Nayeli Forest as Shizu

Armand Blü as Shimazu
Claudine Grémy as
Hikaru
Kimiyo
Cyrille Monge as Takii
Jean-Marc Montalto as Akiyama
Marie Diot as
Binocle
Yayoi
Xavier Thiam as Kaneko
Yannick Blivet as Teru
French companies
Distributor: Kaze
Dubbing: Soundfactor
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Claudio Beccari

Recording engineer:
Manuel Giammaria
Paolo Tiboni
Adele Pellegatta as Signora Shimazu
Alessandra Karpoff as Fukuko Yanagizawa(madre)
Davide Garbolino as Teru Yoshimura
Diego Sabre as Signor Akiyama
Donatella Fanfani as Signora Miyanaga
Elisabetta Cesone as Signora Aoki
Emanuela Pacotto as Shizu Miyanaga
Federico Zanandrea as Yoshio Kawabata
Giorgio Bonino as Preside Ikeno
Giovanna Papandrea as Reiko Yanagizawa
Giulia Franzoso as Rieko Sakamoto
Giuliana Atepi as Kimiyo Arima
Jenny De Cesarei as Fukuko Yanagizawa(sorella)
Jenny DeCesarei as Fukuko Yanagizawa(sorella)
Loretta Di Pisa as Yayoi Tajima
Marco Balzarotti as Genji Yanagizawa
Stefano Pozzi as Akira Yanagizawa
Italian companies
Dubbing Studio: ADC group
German staff
German cast
(none)
Julia Ziffer as Rieko Sakamoto
Laura Elßel as Shizu Miyanaga
Maximilian Artajo as Akira Yanagisawa
Yoshij Grimm as Gonji"Gon" Abe

Adrian Kilian as Kazuteru "Teru" Yoshimura
Jan-Nicklas Beeck as Yoshio Kawabata
Peter Reinhardt as Rektor Ikeno
Sami El-Sabkhawi as Hiroshi "Hakase" Sugiura
German companies
Distributor:
Anime-Virtual
Kazé Germany (now)
Dubbing: Elektrofilm
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
(none)
Licensed by: Mighty Media Co., Ltd.
Chinese (Taiwan) cast
(none)
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