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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 always wanted to die drunk in a nice, old house. I'm halfway there."
I wasn't planning on watching this movie today. I was planning on watching Akira today due to me renting it two days ago. However, the copy that I rented really wasn't good. The subtitles were delayed and the translated dialogue was really bad. So I turned it off after thirty minutes. Because I also rented this movie I decided to watch this instead. And in a way I'm kind of glad that I watched this earlier because Tokyo Godfathers is one of my new favorite movies. I adored Satoshi Kon's films Paprika and Millennium Actress and now that I loved this movie, I can't wait to see Perfect Blue.
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
I didn't watch this movie initially because I didn't like the premise or character design, yet I was immediately won over and invested in the crazy adventure of three bums. This movie is so much more fun and delightful than I thought it would ever be.
So many film bros name-drop Satoshi Kon even though so few have actually seen his work, and that's really a shame. Kon is known for his editing, sure, but the sheer originality of his writing deserves attention. This film is about the adventures of three homeless people (one of them transgender) who adopt a baby they find abandoned on the street. The movie is soooooo good and plays like a mash-up of "After Hours" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou". The fact that Kon managed to greenlight this film back in 2003 is insane, and I sadly can't imagine any production company (American or Japanese) supporting a great idea like this today.
What a wonderful movie.
I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART this BEAUTIFUL WONDERFUL REMARKABLE MOVIE
A nice Christmas film for the children :)
impossibly empathetic, frank, and visually striking, this film cements Satoshi Kon in my mind as one of contemporary cinema's most tragic losses.
Part of the Too Offensive to Call Great Collection
"How dare you do that to Dostoevsky!"
I wish this wasn't so tans- and homophobic. It's a real pity, because Tokyo Godfathers tries it's best to not have this problem, given how mainstream Japanese entertainment is even further behind American entertainment in not being homophobic (even back in '03), but Kon annoyingly lets it leak in. Everytime someones shouts faggots and queer at Hana I sinced a little. Because it doesn't feel meanspirited, it just feels misguided, a little how Kubrick accidentally lets some homophobia sneak in to Eyes Wide Shut, though that could just be what happens when you film in '90s New York.
Of all of Kon's films,…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
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