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…
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…
Despite all the sadness, it's a film full of hope and warmth, a wonderful urban fairy tale.
A perfect Christmas movie that somehow reminded me of We're No Angels.
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…
Kon is KING. RIP
The strangest Christmas story I have ever seen, this is also the simpler of his movies and the one with the better characters, unfortunatelly it gets too cartoonish at the end.
Confirming the belief that Satoshi Kon's filmography is indeed flawless.
There were a lot of points in this film where it could've gotten too sappy, cheesy or melodramatic. Luckily, the writing keeps things interesting and the twists push the plot forward, all the way til a very heartfelt conclusion. This premise for this movie is really good, and it is a very feel good movie. Coincidences and miracles abound.
Brilliant and hilarious.
A pesar de no ser una obra maestra, es una muy buena película. Entretiene durante casi todo el metraje, pese a unos pocos altibajos, con una historia llena de comedia, situaciones rebuscadas y giros argumentales.
A nice little film, unlike most of Kon's other works that are fairly deep. It is my favorite of Kon's filmography, but for some reason, I haven't been able to get into most of his works. I can admire his style and his craft, but the three films I've seen by him haven't captured my interest. He's far from a Miyazaki, but then again, who really does come close. A good film with lots of twists and turns and an interesting ending.
Proving once more he was not to be pigeonholed, Satoshi Kon followed his sweeping epic Millennium Actress with a low-key, whimsical and heartfelt dramedy focusing on three homeless misfits, whom, on Christmas Eve, discover an abandoned baby, which sends the trio on a madcap journey through the backstreets of Tokyo, encountering everything from Yakuza to Latin American migrant workers in a story that not only manages to make you laugh, but also is a deeply heartfelt story of how the trio eventually heal their own personal wounds, and mend fences with their loved ones.
Satoshi Kon once more shows his beautiful eye for editing, using it to propel the story forwards, giving both plot and character details through wonderfully fun…
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.
Chances are the first movie you ever saw was animation. Exuberant, colorful and full of wonder, animation is the stuff…
Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…