Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Japanese animation has certainly had a big effect on us Americans to a borderline horrific level. I personally only enjoy certain kinds of anime. I've never been a fan of the overly cartoonish anime that looks like something out of Hunter S. Thompson's nightmares, I like the more subdued anime like Hayao Miyazaki (Howl's Moving Castle). The whole big headed wide eyed disproportionate characters always freaked me out. Now this doesn't mean that I don't find some of this batshit insane stuff good. I enjoyed Dragon Ball Z and Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo growing up and later I got really attached to FLCL. So sometimes this style does work for me.
Tokyo Godfathers falls somewhere in between FLCL and Miyakazi. It's a…
I'm not a big anime fan, but I've seen enough to know that Satoshi Kon is one of the directors in the genre. Tokyo Godfathers is yet another quality film in his canon.
It's Christmas eve in Tokyo when 3 homeless people, Gin a middle-aged has been, Hanna a transvestite, and Miyuki a teenage runaway find an abandoned baby in the trash. The three have a strange but family like bond. They care for the infant as they search the city for it's parents.
Tokyo Godfathers is a film about miracles or maybe coincidences depending on your religious beliefs or lack thereof. The oddball combination of homeless personalities is only the beginning of this tale. The task of finding the…
There's a part of my soul that only Satoshi Kon can light up and Tokyo Godfathers is another testament to that. Three wildly different hobos find a baby in a dumpster and attempt to reunite it with its mother. Of course, this movie unfolds in the way that only a Kon movie can - that is to say that it's clever, emotional without being cloying, quirky, and artistically fantastic. It's impressive that Kon was able to tackle so many genres and stories in such an off beat way that was also instantly appealing. Tokyo Godfathers is the same with its unconventional story and characters who grew on me completely over the course of the film. By the bittersweet end I…
To be honest, this one is not as wonderful as two earlier works by Satoshi in terms of story development. But it's way funnier than the other two with many high jinks, and quite warmer, against the contextual backdrop of winter. An unusual story of Christmas, revolving around three kind of weird characters and their unexpectedly strange adventure. To say the least, in this film, it's not the story which matters, but the way the story takes its forms, or a representation of the story. So, though the story is quite simple, but crammed with meticulous details. Especially Kon Satoshi creatively takes full advantage of what is easily called coincidences, which gives rise to the expectedness of unexpectedness, that is to say, a kind of magic among daily trivialities.
A wonderful surprise Christmas movie.
Absolutely wonderful film. This really moved me deeply. Wonderful characters, great humor, a beautiful story, and a very humanistic take on the tale. Completely enjoyable film.
My last Satoshi Kon... A true master.
The only issue I had with the film was the constant and distracting homophobic slurs to the one homosexual in the whole film. Especially with no consequences to it.
Other than that, this film is filled with humor, unique transitional editing, a story with plot twists that appear out of nowhere, and a social criticism of how society treats and views homeless people.
Although there are a few moments that seem convenient to the plot, Satoshi Kon immediately ruins it so the audience doesn't feel cheated.
As usual, Kon is great at focusing and accurately depicting psychological aspects of every character. They all feel unique and raw. They clash in just the right way to move the plot along and the pacing holds your hand as you get engulfed in the story.
Animated very well: Tokyo hasn't felt more alive and mysterious in an anime. Interesting for its mature and complex characters. The script, however, is still a little clunky and lacks a sense of immersive cohesion.
How frustrating. While the art in this film is still quite great, and the portion where its characters separate is quite compelling, the film includes unnecessary plot turns and does not fully respect its characters. The homophobia introduced at the beginning of the film is never used to intelligence, nor is the transexual character receiving this bigotry a strong character.
Its lacking nature really displays just what make Perfect Blue and Paprika do so, so well.
Satoshi Kon. This is the Christmas animated family film you really want to watch. No. Really. As much a saving grace for humans as a commentary on our shortcomings, I will always love the spectacular interconnectedness of Kon's work.
Tokyo Godfathers, Kon's most grounded film, still can't resist the urge to have buildings literally dance. It seems that he's traded post-modernism for magical realism, of which there are at least two honestly beautiful moments. Great characters here as well—Hana in particular is really interesting.
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