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…
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…
Part of the Satoshi Kon Retrospective
With only one film left, I can pretty much guarantee Tokyo Godfathers is Kon's weakest film, but it says a lot about his talent when it is still a fine film.
Tokyo Godfathers is a comedy that seems to pay a lot of tribute to American cinema. In fact, it very nearly hails from the Three Men and a Cradle/Baby home of comedy, as our three protagonists (A man, a transgendered woman, and a runaway girl) attempt to take care of a baby from Christmas to New Year's.
Unfortunately, unlike Perfect Blue and Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers doesn't translate as well on a narrative level, as much of the film feels more cultural than…
Combining honest pathos with some fantastic humor, Tokyo Godfathers is a little gem of Japanese animation that features three endearing leading characters trying to find the parents of a newborn baby girl they had just found in the trash. The three main characters were homeless people and they were a young girl, a transvestite and a middle-aged bum; the way their bond is explored and their interactions lent themselves for some amazing moments.
Given the fact that the plot centers on the quest to find the baby’s parents while at the same time some of the background of the characters is also revealed, on a narrative level, this movie unfolds similarly to a mystery film and that along with its humorous and at the same time poignant tone made it really special for me from the beginning and all the way until the absurdly hilarious and touching conclusion.
A truly wonderful film about coincidence. Well, maybe not even coincidence, but an overarching power. A god, possibly. Who knows? I would have zero problems with giving this a full five star review if it weren't for the glaringly insensitive jokes at the expense of the transgender character. Unfortunately, they just hurt the film in the long run. Aside from those, the movie is incredibly funny and poignant most of the time.
Una aventura surrealista y a la vez preciosa que nos pasea, de la mano de estos tres simpáticos personajes, por los rincones más variopintos de la Tokyo más sucia, nocturna y underground, como si del viaje de los Tres Reyes Magos Urbanos se tratase. Muy divertida.
A lovely film with interesting characters and very enjoyable relationships.
I would preferred more graceful plot progression than a constant stream of coincidences, but i think that was part of the "God's messenger" baby theme. Still, it felt lazy.
Beautiful movie though.
TOKYO GODFATHERS is hard to categorize. Even with a heavy dose of weirdness and darkness, it veers towards convention in narrative and theme. A happy ending means this is quintessentially a Christmas story, not a subversion of one.
Still it manages to be very likable, with an oddball cast of vagabonds. If this Christmas you're intent on imposing auteurist films on your loved ones, this is a good place to start.
so good it'll make you want to become homeless in Japan
"I know, he's not your mommy. He's just a homeless homo."
Three Godfathers is a cinema trope, where three unlikely men find a baby and tries to care for it, using... unique methods. A simple but wonderful version of this stars John Wayne in a 1948 film.
Not only does Kon transfer the Western-genre story to modern urban Tokyo, the baby is found by three homeless people: A wino, a transexual, and a runaway female teen. Not only do we have the simple story of these three trying to figure out what to do with a baby in their circumstance, but we have the complexities of their homelessness, their backgrounds and their inability to go home.
The film ends up being about urban life and what a different situation it is than any context in history. Our families are rarely genetic, love is found unexpectedly and nothing is what it seems on the surface.
With all this, the film is hilarious and always entertaining. Possibly my favorite film by Kon.
It's brilliant, kinetic farce featuring homeless people, from Satoshi Kon, director of "Perfect Blue".
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