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Stand by Me Doraemon
Stand by Me Doraemon official poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
  • Ryūichi Yagi
  • Takashi Yamazaki
Produced by
  • Okura Shunsuke
  • Keiichiro Moriya
  • Kiyoko Shibuya
  • Maiko Okada
Screenplay by Takashi Yamazaki
Starring
  • Wasabi Mizuta
  • Megumi Ōhara
  • Yumi Kakazu
  • Subaru Kimura
  • Tomokazu Seki
  • Yoshiko Kamei
  • Vanilla Yamazaki
  • Shihoko Hagino
  • Wataru Takagi
  • Kotono Mitsuishi
  • Yasunori Matsumoto
  • Mahito Oba
  • Miyako Takeuchi
  • Aruno Tahara
  • Satoshi Tsumabuki
Music by Naoki Sato
Studio
  • Shirogumi
  • Robot Communications
  • Shin-Ei Animation
Distributed by Toho (Japan)
Netflix/Simka Entertainment/Bang Zoom! Entertainment (English)
Release date(s) 8 August 2014 (2014-08-08) (Japan)
Running time 94 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget $35 million
Money made $196.4 million

Stand by Me Doraemon (STAND BY ME ドラえもん) is a 2014 Japanese 3D computer-animated science fiction comedy drama 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.

The plot combines elements from 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 commercially successful in Japan. It was number-one on the box office charts for five consecutive weeks and was the second highest-grossing Japanese anime film of 2014 in Japan, with a box office total of $196.4 million, behind Disney's Frozen. In February 2015, it won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year at the 38th Japan Academy Prize.

A sequel was released on 20 November 2020 in Japan.

Plot

Nobita Nobi is a Fifth 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 become 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. He does this by flipping Shizuka's skirt to reveal her underwear (but not looking at it), resulting in Shizuka slapping him and running away in tears. After a while, Shizuka starts worrying about Nobita. She overhears Gian and Suneo's conversation about Nobita's self-esteem getting crushed by Sensei for recently failing another test, causing her to believe he is 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, who becomes separated from her group during a heavy blizzard. His efforts to help Shizuka do more harm 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 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. Nobita visits Shizuka declaring that he will make her happy whatever it takes.

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 leaving due to his worry for Nobita, Nobita confronts and has 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 the opposite of everything the consumer says comes true. Finishing his retribution against Suneo (who was chased by a dog trying to bite him) and Gian (who was being dragged away by his mother who was preparing to punish him), Nobita goes back home while lamenting that Doraemon will never return. To his surprise, Doraemon suddenly returns and tells Nobita that he has gotten 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.

Voice cast

Character Japanese voice actor English dubbing actor
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 Aruno Tahara Steve Blum
Additional Voices Kenji Kitamura
Asumi Kodama
Miyuki Sato
Atsushi Terashima
Tomomi Tenjinbayashi
Lynn
Takumi Watanabe
Yoshi Miki
Shiori Matsuda
Hikari Goto

Soundtrack

Stand by Me Doraemon Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Naoki Sato
Released 17 September 2014
Genre
  • Soundtrack
  • Music
Length 46:56
Label Nippon Columbia

Original Japanese In the movie, most of the soundtrack was composed by Naoki Sato composer (except the ending theme)

All music composed by Naoki Sato.

Stand by Me Doraemon Original Soundtrack
No. Title Length
1. "Nobita no Ichinichi"   2:13
2. "STAND BY ME Doraemon Opening Title"   1:09
3. "Boku, Doraemon"   0:54
4. "Takecopter"   2:48
5. "Yojigen Pocket"   3:25
6. "Surikomi Tamago"   1:14
7. "Suneo Love"   0:48
8. "Sakusen Shippai"   1:13
9. "Shitsuren?"   2:02
10. "Benkyou"   1:01
11. "Test no Kekka"   2:00
12. "Sayounara, Shizuka-chan"   3:53
13. "Mushisukan"   2:02
14. "Boku no Mirai"   2:59
15. "Nobita Seinen"   2:11
16. "Todoke, Kono Kioku!"   1:55
17. "Tomodachi"   2:55
18. "Mirai Hikou"   1:37
19. "Kekkon Zen'ya"   2:59
20. "Doraemon no Namida"   1:31
21. "Yakusoku"   4:10
22. "Saikai ~Uso 800 no Kiseki~"   1:57
Total length:
46:56

Ending theme: Himawari no Yakusoku (ひまわりの約束, lit. "Promise from Sunflower") by Motohiro Hata

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

Related products

Eiga Stand by Me Doraemon Visual Story
Stand by Me Doraemon Visual Story.jpg
Author Fujiko F. Fujio
Original title 映画「STAND BY ME ドラえ もん」VISUAL STORY
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Series Doraemon
Genre Adventure, Time travel, Romantic, Comedy, Family
Publisher Shogakukan
Publication date
7 August 2014
Media type Shinsho
Pages 80
ISBN 9784093883818
  • New translation "Doraemon"
Fujiko · F · Fujio (writer), Hiroshi Sasaki (editor), Fujiko Pro (monitoring) ISBN: 978-4-09-388384-9
A book containing 7 short stories, with commentary by Hiroshi Sasaki.
  • Stand by Me Doraemon Animation Visual Story
Fujiko F. Fujio (Writer) ISBN: 978-4-09-388381-8
Adapted from the film
  • BD / DVD
Released 18 February 2015 with PCXE-50408 (BD special version), PCXE-50409 (BD Normal version), PCBE-54251 (DVD Limit Version)

Influence

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.

Sequel

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 Doraemon: A Grandmother's Recollections, it was originally slated to be released on 7 August 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the release has been postponed. The new release date of the film is 20 November 2020. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

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