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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.
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.
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…
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…
I once again find myself wondering why Satoshi Kon decided to create an animated film about a subject that demanded a sense of realism. Tokyo Godfathers is set on Christmas Eve in Tokyo when three homeless people find a newborn baby girl in a trash pile near a hospital. They are a motley crew - one is a transvestite, one is a runaway girl, and the other is an older man. They all have painful pasts, all of which play a role in getting to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the abandonment of the child they have chosen to protect.
So the question I asked myself after another Satoshi Kon animated film…
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…
Satoshi Kon's story of homelessness, coincidence, love, family and being able to forgive is a wonderfully tying together of individual stories. Starting off, three homeless people, Gin, Hana and Miyuki as they find a baby and attempt to try and find the parents of that baby.
Each have their own sob story and are practically the lowest of low in their lives but they want to make a difference to a baby whose life is on the brink. Coincidentally named Kiyoko, the name of Gin's daughter who he claims died years ago from a disease. These coincidences spring up all the time throughout the film as does the occasional haiku, all expressed by trans-woman Hana whose previous vocation as a…
I was pleasantly surprised by this film; the story is engaging, the characters are wonderfully defined, and the domino-nature of the plot never once came across as hamfisted. What I found most compelling, perhaps, was how "normal" the story was. It's quite unlike any Anime film I've ever seen before (though my experience with the genre is minute, admittedly). There are no robots; there are no kaiju; there are no God-like children hellbent on destroying Tokyo - Tokyo Godfathers merely aims to tell the intertwining story of three drifters and outcasts over a single evening in a cold and snowy Tokyo. I found this type of story refreshing from the genre.
What I was most surprised by, however, was the…
I really enjoyed this. 'Tokyo Godfathers' is a warm and funny tale of three homeless people in Japan finding an abandoned baby at Christmastime. That premise alone is intriguing, but where the story takes it is where the real fun lies. Filled with eccentric personalities and melancholic backstories, the film is relentlessly watchable and delightfully unpredictable. I fell in love with the characters and had a great time seeing their interactions with each other. The film is a little confusing at times and it's tonally bonkers, but the gamut of emotions it runs is astounding and none of them ring false.
I still place 'Paprika' above this, but 'Tokyo Godfathers' is great, heartfelt entertainment.
Kon gets all sentimental with this charming movie about 3 unlikely characters taking care of a baby. RIP Mr Kon, you are very much missed.
A Christmas classic.
Can I ever stress enough what a genius Satoshi Kon was? Nope.
Tokyo Godfathers is one of my favorite films of all time, and I am moved to tears watching it each time. It's a lovely, beautifully told story and the animation is a joy to watch.
Definitely recommended for all.
Funny, moving, well animated. A fun and touching adventure that centers around the notion of coincidences
I'm not at all sure what to make of Tokyo Godfathers the animated story of a group of homeless people who find an abandoned baby. Was it in amazingly bad taste, was making fun of some of life's most difficult problems or did I just miss the point?
Outstanding animation, very likable characters and a really original plot that succeeds in creating a subtle but very effective drama along with a tender atmosphere. A different kind of christmas film with very uncommon protagonists. Totally recommended.
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