Stand by Me Doraemon

Stand by Me Doraemon

Japanese theatrical release poster
Japanese STAND BY ME ドラえもん
Literally Stand by Me Doraemon
Directed by
Produced by
  • Okura Shunsuke
  • Keiichiro Moriya
  • Kiyoko Shibuya
  • Maiko Okada
Screenplay by Takashi Yamazaki
Based on Doraemon
by Fujiko F. Fujio
Music by Naoki Sato
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • 8 August 2014 (2014-08-08)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget $35 million[1]
Box office $183.4 million[2]

Stand by Me Doraemon (STAND BY ME ドラえもん) is a 2014 Japanese 3D computer animated film based on the Doraemon manga series and directed by Ryūichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki.[3] It was released on 8 August 2014.[4][5] Bang Zoom! Entertainment premiered an English-dubbed version of the film at the Tokyo International Film Festival on 24 October 2014.[6]

The plot combines 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.[7][8]

The film was a big commercial success in Japan. It ranked #1 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.[9][10][11] In February 2015, it won the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year at the 38th Japan Academy Prize.[12]


In 2004, 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 Goda. His great-great grandson from the 22nd century (year 2136), 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.

Upon 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 which means that the two will indeed marry. After hearing that Shizuka's father has also accepted his daughter's spouse, Nobita and Doraemon return to the present timeline.

As Nobita's future has 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 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 lie. They both hug and cries in happiness.


In 2011, the producers said that "different from the other Doraemon films, this will be a special film".[13] The production team spent 18 months on the character design and CGI animation began after the film recorded the voice of characters (Puresuko).[14]

Staff list


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 Aruno Tahara Steve Blum
Additional Voices Kenji Kitamura
Asumi Kodama
Miyuki Sato
Atsushi Terashima
Tomomi Tenjinbayashi
Takumi Watanabe
Yoshi Miki
Shiori Matsuda
Hikari Goto


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

Original Japanese In the movie, most of the soundtrack was composed by Sato Naoki 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:

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

In Spain

In Hong Kong (Cantonese language)

In Mainland China


Stand by Me Doraemon was released in 59 countries worldwide.[17][18][19][20]

The film was released in Japan on August 8, 2014, in Italy on November 6, 2014 (known as Doraemon - Il film), in Indonesia and Singapore on December 18, 2014, in Spain and Taiwan on December 19, 2014, in Thailand on December 31, 2014, in Malaysia on January 29, 2015 (limited release for both Japanese version and Malay version), and in Hong Kong on February 5, 2015 (known as Doraemon 3D: Stand by Me).[21][22]

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 20's, 20.4% were in their 30's, 20.4% were in their 40's. 47% were male while 53% were female. 88.4% of the audience cried while watching the film.[23]

The film was released on Blu-ray, in a deluxe and normal edition, and DVD by Pony Canyon on February 18, 2015.[24][25][26]

The DVDs and Blu-rays released in Hong Kong feature English subtitles.[27][28] The iTunes release in Singapore also includes English subtitles.[29]

The film was released in China on Thursday, May 28, 2015 becoming the first Japanese film in three years to be released in China since Ultraman in July 2012.[30]

The film was released in Vietnam on December 12, 2014 in the cinemas with many voice cast and broadcast in June 1, 2015 by K+ NS titled Doraemon: Đôi bạn thân.[31] From 12 to 19 December 2014 the film had the budget ranked 2nd in the cinemas, and from 20 to 27 December the film was ranked 4th in Top 5 films have the biggest budget.

The film was released in the Philippines on June 17, 2015, announced by SM Cinema on Facebook. The movie is distributed by VIVA International pictures & Multivision Pictures Entertainment.[32]

This film was released in Turkey on September 11, 2015.[33]

VOX Distribution will release the film as The Doraemon Movie in Arabia on December 17, 2015.

This movie has been released in India by name The Doraemon Movie Stand By Me in Indian language Hindi, Tamil & Telugu on date 19 June 2016 in Hungama TV.


Box office

The film earned a total of US$86 million internationally by January 7, 2015,[34] and was also the third highest earning film in Japan in 2014 with ¥8.38 billion, behind Frozen and The Eternal Zero.[35] Outside Japan, the highest revenue came from China ($86.92 million),[36] Hong Kong ($5.1 million), South Korea ($3.3 million),[37] Italy ($3.2 million), Indonesia ($3 million) and Thailand ($1.2 million).[9]

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.[9] It also broke the opening day record (previously held by Ponyo on a Cliff).[9] 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).[38] 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).[39] 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).[40] It ended its run in China with CN¥530,06 million ($86.9 million).[41]


Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result Ref.
2014 Lumiere Japan Awards Grand Prix Grand Prix Award Stand by Me Doraemon Won [42]
2014 27th Nikkan Sports Award Direction Award Takashi Yamazaki Won [43]
2015 3D Film Award Jury Award for Foreign Animation Stand by Me Doraemon Won [44]
2015 38th Japan Academy Prize Animation of the Year Stand by Me Doraemon Won [45]
2015 Tokyo Anime Award Anime of the Year (Film Category) Stand by Me Doraemon Notable Entry [46][47]
2015 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival VFX JAPAN AWARD Ryūichi Yagi Won [48]
2015 20th AMD Awards Digital Media Award Stand by Me Doraemon Won [49]
2015 24th The Japan Film Critics Award Lifetime Achievement Award Michihiko Umezawa and Shuji Abe Won [50]
2015 34th Fujimoto Prize Ito Yoshiaki, Michihiko Umezawa and Shuji Abe Won [51]

Related products

Eiga Stand by Me Doraemon Visual Story
Author Fujiko F. Fujio
Original title

映画「STAND BY ME ドラえ

Country Japan
Language Japanese
Series Doraemon
Genre Adventure, Time travel, romantic, Comedy, Family
Publisher Shogakukan
Publication date
August 7th, 2014
Media type Shinsho
Pages 80
ISBN 9784093883818
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 .
Fujiko · F · Fujio (Writer) ISBN 978-4-09-388381-8
Adapted from the film
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 August 8, 2014.[52]

The appearance of the film in China helped ease diplomatic tensions between China and Japan.[53] Professor Kawamura Noriyuki in Nagoya University said that the movie will be able to help the Chinese people have a better look at the country and people of Japan.[54]

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