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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Cast: Toru Emori, Toru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, more...
Director: Satoshi Kon, Satoshi Kon
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Anime, Foreign, Anime Feature Films, Dysfunctional Families
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon directs his third anime feature with the holiday film Tokyo Godfathers. The story takes place in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Christmas Eve. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are three homeless friends who have formed a kind of makeshift family structure. Their bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a garbage dump. They have no choice but to care for the infant themselves. The group travels throughout the city, searching for the baby's parents and coping with their personal reactions to the situation. Tokyo Godfathers premiered at the Big Apple Anime Fest in 2003. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Special features:

  • Making of featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Bonus trailers

GreenCine Member Reviews

A Splendid Christmas Comedy by Calafragious September 24, 2004 - 9:34 PM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This beautiful animated comedy will reward multiple viewings. Though grounded in a thoroughly naturalistic world, "Tokyo Godfathers" constantly surprises the viewer with its clever scenes, ridiculous and contrived events, and vivid cast of characters. There's plenty of action and -- as in all good comedy -- the sadness and trouble of real life is never far away, but this is ultimately a hopeful and somewhat sentimental film. One can see it as something of a bookend to Satoshi Kon's earlier masterpiece, the paranoid and Hitchcockian "Perfect Blue." It's also possible to read a great deal of subtle irony and satire into the many religious and social relationships depicted in this film, but none of that is necessary to enjoy it.

There is no English track on the disk (I suspect this is at the request of the director, but have no proof.) The subtitles are clear and well-done. The animation is all first rate: the grimy, exhausted ambience of Tokyo in winter has not been evoked this well since Oshii Mamoru's beautiful "Patlabor 2." The dark and subtle colors will appear to best effect on a larger screen. Enjoy!

Heartwarming anime of 2003 by ABedford April 28, 2004 - 12:47 PM PDT
12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Tokyo Godfathers is a great movie for those who know anime and for those who don't. The plot is very simple, but the character development is very creative. The movie begins with an attempt to fool us into thinking that the only common bond between the three is being homeless. But as the movie progresses, the viewer learns why they are together and what they all miss. I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see an uplifting adventure in a non-traditional Christmas tale.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.75)
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