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Meet the ultimate dysfunctional family.
Christmas in Tokyo, Japan. Three homeless friends: a young girl, a transvestite, and a middle-aged bum. While foraging through some trash, they find an abandoned newborn.
"We're homeless bums, not action-movie heroes."
Tokyo Godfathers is the last feature film I hadn't seen from the brilliant director Satoshi Kon, and the fact that it's not my favorite of his work but still found its way into my favorite Japanese animations is a testament to his skill. Though I don't consider myself a fan of anime in general, Kon's films rank among my all-time favorites, and I would even go so far as to say I prefer his work to the legendary Hayao Miyazaki.
Why? Because his films are beautiful, not only in their gorgeous visual imagery, but also in their emotional impact. Here he manages to make a film about three homeless bums without being cloyingly sentimental…
This could easily be seen as the black sheep of Satoshi Kon's works. It's not very surreal, doesn't focus on the line between reality and fantasy, and is generally quite light-hearted.
It's also my favourite.
Tokyo Godfathers is something that I've never seen done well before: a dramatic farce. It's almost nonsensical in its constant misunderstandings and near-misses and plot twists that it becomes completely hilarious, but then can slam you back to down to Earth with some surprisingly heavy drama. And it works!
It works because unlike other farcical comedies, Tokyo Godfathers relies on its characters for its comedy as well as its plotting. These characters are well-written and creative, and so when the character drama comes in, it…
I think the thing that surprised me most about Tokyo Godfathers was just how narratively normal it was. Not because it was an animated film or anything. As I said on my review of Perfect Blue, I don't think the reason as to why this is animated needs to be even raised.
But it was more because it was really quite a straightforward story. The thing about Perfect Blue and perhaps to a greater extent Paprika is that they are really quite complex and challenging films. Tokyo Godfathers has depth but its narrative and plot very much all sits on the surface of the film and can be found quite easily.
It was a little bit displacing for…
The artwork is fantastic...the story is somewhat weird and confusing.....reminded me of John Wayne's 3 Godfathers. Both movies feature three unlikely people discovering and taking care of a newborn. Final thought....if you are a fan of handdrawn animation you will really like this one.
a Satoshi Kon.
- Haiku tradicional navideño
Tokyo Godfathers proves to be another great film by the late Satoshi Kon and shows just how talented the man was as this is nothing like the other film of his I've seen (Paprika) but equally as brilliant. It's a heartbreaking story of three homeless people, including a teenage girl who ran away from her parents, who find an abandoned baby and make New Year's Eve of that year their most unforgettable as they take on the nigh impossible task of searching for the baby's parents.
As expected, the animation is gorgeous and while Paprika went for much cleaner aesthetics as part of the scientific themes Tokyo Godfathers is accordingly designed to emphasise on its religious themes of hope and…
Scavenger Hunt-July 2016: Film #26
A big reason for wanting to do this scavenger hunt is that it would allow me to watch films from different genres that, up until now, I hadn't explored. Japanese film/anime has always intrigued me, so getting to finally see something in the genre was pretty wonderful, and Tokyo Godfathers did not disappoint. The animation is absolutely beautiful, with the landscape of wintertime Tokyo being surprisingly pleasing despite the sometimes grimy locations. Along with thisGin, Hana, and Miyuki are all fully fleshed out characters who each get the time they need to establish themselves as more than the stereotypes they might be in other films. Along with a thrilling and nail biting finale that…
La animación japonesa es un mundo desconocido para mi. Aparte de las 4 o 5 series típicas, no he visto nada más. Es por eso que un colega, debido a una serie de apuestas, me ha obligado a verme un par de películas este mes.
Decidí empezar por Tokyo Godfathers, ya que me apetecía una comedia divertida que verme antes de dormir, pero me encontré algo completamente diferente. Una película emotiva, donde se refleja el valor de la familia, de la amistad y de las pequeñas cosas de esta vida, con unos personajes entrañables y carismáticos. Hay un par de giros de guión que te dejan el culo roto, y el desarrollo es muy entretenido, no dando tiempo para el aburrimiento.
Eso si, fijo que la hubiera disfrutado más en navidad.
Satoshi Kon writes and directs this fantabulous animated feature, may he rest in peace. Truly a legendary genius, a mind like few we were lucky enough was put into making films.
What a masterpiece, Jesus.
A genuine hymn to life, lead by three homeless underdogs with broken spirits, forgotten by the world and in such need of love, desperately climbing their way up to redemption and knockin' on heaven's door with this holy second-chance-awarding abandoned baby they stumble upon, whose life they embark on an urban adventure to save on a Christmas Eve night.
A cinematic odyssey with characters of such humanity their broken dreams, flaws, hopes and love disencounters feel absolutely 3D. So striking, so emotional. Driven through this…
I loved the improbable reunions (Miyuki and her father, Sachiko and "her" baby, Kiyoko and Gin, and more) and the shockingly abrupt moments of comedy. This is a Christmas dramedy, and Kon expertly uses and plays around with the Christmastime spirit to explore what being a family (and all its corresponding roles) means.
But, there were just too many unexplored and poorly explored threads. What was up with the person's assassinating the night club owner and that entire sub-plot? The sub-plot was open enough that I thought it would be resolved or continued, and it wasn't until I saw how much time remained for the movie that I realized I should only pay attention to the main arc. This was…
Divertida e deliciosa animação, na qual a descoberta de um bebê desperta os sentimentos reprimidos dos interessantíssimos três protagonistas. Porém, o roteiro peca muito pelas "coincidências" e há algumas cenas de ação desnecessárias. Bom filme do Kon.
The best Christmas movie is an anime about child abduction.
The fun ne'er stops.
Esta encantadora película cae también en esta época, deber ser vista por todos aquellos que dicen "¿un homosexual adoptando? nunca" aquí se demuestra que un gay puede ser una mejor madre que una mujer heterosexual, que bueno que el ver esta relación entre Kiyoko y Hana les quitara ese tipo de pensamiento retrógrado.
Esta película está llena de hermosos sentimientos familiares, donde aquí el valor de la unión es lo más importante, cada uno cuidando de "esa señal divina" llamada Kiyoko y protegiéndola de todo mal mientras van superando sus problemas internos sobre algún conflicto familiar, reencuentros hermosos, historias trágicas e incluso ira transmite esta película de ver lo ciega que puede llegar a ser una mujer por el trauma…
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