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…
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".
I'm not a huge fan of Japanese animation, but this was too adorable not to love. The dynamic between the three main chatacters was really heartwarming and I liked that it was both silly and serious. The animation looked really good as well
Une comedie humaine sur la vie de 3 SDFs dans Tokyo, à la période du réveillon.
Un film touchant à l'écart des autres films de Satoshi Kon (pas de fantastique ou de SF là)... Mais tout aussi intéressant et réussi.
A good christmas movie if you wanna change it up instead of your typical xmas movie.
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