Stand by Me Doraemon
Stand by Me Doraemon (スタンド・バイ・ミー ドラえもん) is a 2014 Japanese 3D computer animated science fiction comedy film based on the Doraemon manga series and directed by Ryūichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki. It was released on 8 August 2014. It is the highest-grossing film of the Doraemon franchise. Bang Zoom! Entertainment premiered an English-dubbed version of the film at the Tokyo International Film Festival on 24 October 2014.
|Stand by Me Doraemon|
Japanese theatrical release poster
|Literally||Stand By Me Doraemon|
|Screenplay by||Takashi Yamazaki|
by Fujiko F. Fujio
|Music by||Naoki Sato|
|Distributed by||Toho (Japan)|
Netflix/Simka Entertainment/Bang Zoom! Entertainment (English)
|Budget||$35 million |
|Box office||$183.4 million|
The plot combines with the short stories "All the Way From the Country of the Future", "Imprinting Egg", "Goodbye, Shizuka-chan", "Romance in Snowy Mountain", "Nobita's the night Before a Wedding" and "Goodbye, Doraemon..." into a new complete story – from the first time Doraemon came to Nobita's house to Doraemon bidding farewell to Nobita.
Stand by Me Doraemon was a commercially successful film in Japan. It ranked number-one on the box office charts for five consecutive weeks and was the second highest-grossing Japanese film for 2014 in Japan, with a box office total of 8.38 billion Yen, behind Disney's Frozen. In February 2015, it won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year at the 38th Japan Academy Prize.
Nobita Nobi is a fourth grader who constantly gets failing grades in his subjects due to his laziness and is always bullied by his classmates Suneo Honekawa and Takeshi "Gian" Goda. His great-great grandson from the 22nd century, Sewashi, who watches him every day, travels to Nobita's timeline while bringing along his robotic cat Doraemon. Sewashi reveals that if Nobita keeps up his act, he will have a disastrous future: he will marry Gian's sister Jaiko, have his private company burned down, and will be left with a great debt. To circumvent this, he orders Doraemon to help Nobita, modifying Doraemon's nose to prevent him from returning to the future unless Nobita gains a better future.
Being reluctant until the threat, Doraemon introduces his gadgets to help Nobita which helps him immensely. Though Doraemon warns Nobita not to be too dependent on his gadgets, Nobita asks Doraemon to help him woo his crush Shizuka "Sue" Minamoto whom Doraemon reveals is the one Nobita will marry if his future is corrected. However, all his efforts end up making Shizuka becoming closer to ace student, Hidetoshi Dekisugi. Nobita's attempt to be equal with Dekisugi by studying harder is futile and he decides to let go of Shizuka to make her happier. Mistaking him planning to commit suicide, Shizuka arrives at the Nobi residence and resists Nobita's people-repelling potion to help him which Doraemon reveals is the first step in Nobita and Shizuka's growing relationship to eventually becoming a couple.
After seeing his older self rejecting Shizuka's invitation to a mountain climbing, Nobita disguises himself as his older self to help Shizuka whom he thinks is separated from her group during a heavy blizzard. His efforts to help Shizuka do more hurt to himself, but this makes Shizuka feel that she has to accompany Nobita saying "Yes" before collapsing from cold she contracted from her earlier conversation with Nobita. Forcing himself to remember the moment, the two are rescued by Nobita's older self who recalled the memory. Nobita learns from his older self that Shizuka was answering to the latter's proposition to marry her. It means that Shizuka will indeed marry Nobita. After hearing that Shizuka's father has also accepted Nobita as his daughter's spouse, Nobita and Doraemon return to the present timeline.
As Nobita's future has been changed for the better, Doraemon's programming commands him to return to the future in 48 hours. Noticing that Doraemon has a hard time to leave due to his worry for Nobita, Nobita confronts and have a brutal fight with Gian to prove that he is able to defend himself without Doraemon. Seeing that Nobita refuses to give up, Gian forfeits as Doraemon tearfully takes Nobita home before leaving in peace the next day. During April Fools, Nobita is tricked by Gian into believing that Doraemon has returned. In anger, he drinks a solution Doraemon gave to him which turns all lies into truth and vice versa. Finishing his retribution against Suneo and Gian, Nobita goes back home while lamenting that Doraemon will never return. To his surprise, Doraemon suddenly returns and tells Nobita that he has got permission to stay with him because Nobita said that Doraemon would never return, still with the effects of the potion, and it became a truth. They both hug and cry in happiness.
In 2011, the producers said that, "Different from the other Doraemon films, this will be a special film". The production team spent 18 months on the character design and CGI animation began after the film recorded the voice of characters (Puresuko).
- Original – Fujiko F. Fujio
- Screenplay – Takashi Yamazaki
- Director – Ryuichi Yagi, Takashi Yamazaki
- Music – Naoki Sato
- Production – Shirogumi, Robot Communications, Shin-Ei Animation
- Co-Production – Fujiko Productions, Office Abe Shuji
- Presented by – 2014 Stand By Me Doraemon Film Partners (Fujiko Productions, Shin-Ei Animation, Shogakukan, Asatsu-DK, TV Asahi, ShoPro, Toho, Dentsu, Shirogumi, Robot Communications, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation, Nagoya Broadcasting Network, Office Abe Shuji, Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting, Hokkaido Television Broadcasting, Hiroshima Home Television) 
- Distributor – Toho
|Character||Japanese voice||English voice|
|Doraemon||Wasabi Mizuta||Mona Marshall|
|Nobita Nobi / Noby||Megumi Ōhara
Satoshi Tsumabuki (adult)
|Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Shizuka Minamoto / Sue||Yumi Kakazu||Cassandra Morris|
|Suneo Honekawa / Sneech||Tomokazu Seki||Brian Beacock|
|Takeshi "Gian" Goda / Big G||Subaru Kimura||Kaiji Tang|
|Sewashi / Soby||Sachi Matsumoto||Max Mittelman|
|Jaiko / Little G||Vanilla Yamazaki||Minae Noji|
|Hidetoshi Dekisugi / Ace Goody||Shihoko Hagino||Spike Spencer|
|Teacher / Mr. S||Wataru Takagi||Keith Silverstein|
|Tamako Nobi / Tammy||Kotono Mitsuishi||Mari Devon|
|Nobisuke Nobi / Toby||Yasunori Matsumoto||Tony Oliver|
|Gian's Mother||Miyako Takeuchi||Jessica Gee|
|Yoshio Minamoto||Mahito Oba||Steve Blum|
|Additional Voices||Kenji Kitamura
|Stand by Me Doraemon Original Soundtrack|
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|Released||17 September 2014|
Original Japanese In the movie, most of the soundtrack was composed by Naoki Sato composer (except the ending theme)
All music is composed by Naoki Sato.
|Stand by Me Doraemon Original Soundtrack|
|1.||"Nobita no Ichinichi"||2:13|
|2.||"STAND BY ME Doraemon Opening Title"||1:09|
|11.||"Test no Kekka"||2:00|
|14.||"Boku no Mirai"||2:59|
|16.||"Todoke, Kono Kioku!"||1:55|
|20.||"Doraemon no Namida"||1:31|
|22.||"Saikai ~Uso 800 no Kiseki~"||1:57|
In Spain (English)
- Stand by Me by Fiver
In Hong Kong (Cantonese)
- Contribution (奉獻, Fung Hin) by Mag Lam, Lil' Ashes, Phil Lam and Hubert Wu (appeared on TV as a tribute to the late voice actor of Doraemon)
In Mainland China (Mandarin)
- The appointment of sunflower(向日葵的约定) by Joshua Jin
The film was released in Japan on 8 August 2014, in Italy on 6 November 2014 (known as Doraemon – Il film), in Indonesia and Singapore on 1 December 2014, in Spain and Taiwan on 19 December 2014, in Thailand on 31 December 2014, in Malaysia on 29 January 2015 (limited release for both Japanese version and Malay version), and in Hong Kong on 5 February 2015 (known as Doraemon 3D: Stand by Me).
A web survey was published giving a closer look at the attendees. The audience consisted of 20.4% were children, 21.5% were in their 20s, 20.4% were in their 30s, 20.4% were in their 40s. 47% were male while 53% were female. 88.4% of the audience cried while watching the film.
The film was released in Vietnam on 12 December 2014 in the cinemas with many voice cast and broadcast in 1 June 2015 by K+ NS titled Doraemon: Đôi bạn thân. From 12 to 19 December 2014 the film ranked 2nd in the cinemas, and from 20 to 27 December the film was ranked 4th in Top 5 films have the biggest gross.
The film earned a total of US$86 million internationally by January 7, 2015, and was also the third highest earning film in Japan in 2014 with ¥8.38 billion, behind Frozen and The Eternal Zero. Outside Japan, the highest revenue came from China ($86.92 million), Hong Kong ($5.1 million), South Korea ($3.3 million), Italy ($3.2 million), Indonesia ($3 million) and Thailand ($1.2 million).
In Japan, the film earned ¥767 million in the first 2 days and ¥988 million after 3 days. After 40 days the film earned ¥7 billion and ¥8 billion after 76 days. The film – after the release day – was ranked 1st in cinemas Japan for 5 weeks continuous. As of December 2014, the film earned ¥8.38 billion ($70 million) in Japan.
The film performed well in Hong Kong, which was partly boosted by the sudden death of the long-time voice actor of Doraemon, Lam Pou-chuen, a month before the movie's local release. It became the all-time highest-grossing Japanese film in Hong Kong (breaking Ring's record), the highest-grossing film of the Chinese New Year period in Hong Kong (from February 18 to 21) and the all-time fourth highest-grossing animated film in Hong Kong, behind Pixar's Toy Story 3, Monster's University and Inside Out. It also broke the opening day record (previously held by Ponyo on a Cliff). In China, the film scored a single-day record of US$14.2 million (breaking Kung Fu Panda 2's record) and a four-day opening record of US$38.5 million (breaking How to Train Your Dragon 2's record). In just five days it earned $53 million to become the highest grossing non-Hollywood animated film in China (breaking Boonie Bears: Mystical Winter's record). It is currently the third highest-grossing animated film in China ($86.9 million), behind Kung Fu Panda 2 ($92.2 million) and Big Hero 6 ($86.7 million). It ended its run in China with CN¥530,06 million ($86.9 million).
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result||Ref.|
|2014||Lumiere Japan Awards Grand Prix||Grand Prix Award||Stand by Me Doraemon||Won|||
|2014||27th Nikkan Sports Award||Direction Award||Takashi Yamazaki||Won|||
|2015||3D Film Award||Jury Award for Foreign Animation||Stand by Me Doraemon||Won|||
|2015||38th Japan Academy Prize||Animation of the Year||Stand by Me Doraemon||Won|||
|2015||Tokyo Anime Award||Anime of the Year (Film Category)||Stand by Me Doraemon||Notable Entry|||
|2015||Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival||VFX JAPAN AWARD||Ryūichi Yagi||Won|||
|2015||20th AMD Awards||Digital Media Award||Stand by Me Doraemon||Won|||
|2015||24th The Japan Film Critics Award||Lifetime Achievement Award||Michihiko Umezawa and Shuji Abe||Won|||
|2015||34th Fujimoto Prize||Ito Yoshiaki, Michihiko Umezawa and Shuji Abe||Won|||
|Author||Fujiko F. Fujio|
|Original title||映画「STAND BY ME ドラえ もん」VISUAL STORY|
|Genre||Adventure, Time travel, Romantic, Comedy, Family|
|7 August 2014|
- New translation "Doraemon"
- Stand by Me Doraemon Animation Visual Story
- BD / DVD
- Released February 18th 2015 with PCXE-50408 (BD special version), PCXE-50409 (BD Normal version), PCBE-54251 (DVD Limit Version)
On the Japanese talk show Room of Tetsuko, Doraemon in 3D image was invited to interview and was broadcast on television on 8 August 2014.
The film helped ease diplomatic tensions between China and Japan. Nagoya University professor Kawamura Noriyuki said that the film was able to help the Chinese people have a better look at the Japanese people.
On 12 December 2019, the sequel, Stand By Me Doraemon 2, was announced. Ryūichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki will return as directors, with Yamazaki once again penning the script. Largely based on Doraemon's 2000 short film Oobachan no Omoide, it will be released on 7 August 2020. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.
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- First trailer on YouTube (in Japanese)
- Official Movie Website on Toho (in Japanese)
- Official Book Website (in Japanese)
- Official website (in Italian)
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