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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…
Just a WONDERFUL film
A very sweet film about three homeless friends who set out on an adventure to deliver an abandoned baby to her mother. Charming characters and a heartwarming story. Compared to Satoshi Kon's other films, it is much more lighthearted and easier to take in.
I've been watching anime films for years and I feel bad that I've never exerted some extra effort in checking out Satoshi Kon's films. Tokyo Godfathers is one of the best anime films I've ever seen! Scratch that. One of the best films I've ever seen!
Satoshi Kon created three interesting and wonderful characters out of three homeless people. There are scenes that are sad, funny, exciting, and sometimes---a bit of everything. There never is a dull moment and emotion is never lacking. It's a film that's both touching and funny. You don't have to be an anime fan to enjoy this film. You just have to love film and the wonders that life has to offer aside from its usual mundanities.
Not as brilliant technically as Paprika but wins everything in its wonderful humor and great big heart. Even when things happen very unnaturally and unlikely but we accept it classically as Christmas magic. Suddenly these three characters who seem rather distant at first wake the whole Tokyo alive with their dreams and disappointments that slowly take their form as the events roll on. In front of our eyes we have very beautiful, living and breathing film filled with poetry.
One of the more heartfelt and affecting anime films I've seen. Very well done and beautifully animated.
Slow start but THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The whole last third of this movie is amazing
Some great staging in this movie....
Masterful, elegant storytelling. RIP Satoshi Kon.
Un conte de Noël jouissif et émouvant.
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