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, Kon's most grounded film, still can't resist the urge to have buildings literally dance. It seems that he's traded post-modernism for magical realism, of which there are at least two honestly beautiful moments. Great characters here as well—Hana in particular is really interesting.
Heartwarming and sweet.
One of my favorite holiday movies
Homeless trio finds abandoned baby. Shenanigans ensue. XD
An amazing journey about interwinding tales and believable coincidences. I absolutely loved the characters and the way they interacted with each other. The story got hectic, but was never unbelievable. This was really heartwarming and quite hilarious.
Despite having neither the thrilling suspense of Perfect Blue nor the creative storytelling of Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers is nonetheless my favourite Kon film yet as it undeniably has the most humour and heart.
The twist is great, the character chemistry is great and the way the story weaves together intertwining backstories is also fantastic.
Artistically lesser but emotionally stronger, this film stands out in Kon's filmography as the most rewatchable and thematically unique.
Tokyo Godfathers follows three eccentric homeless people after they find an abandoned baby in the trash. It's about their journey to try and return her to her parents, but also about their own lives and family issues.
This is my third viewing of a Satoshi Kon film (I can't find Millennium Actress), the other two being Perfect Blue and Paprika. Much to my surprise, Tokyo Godfathers isn't an acid trip like the other two, but all three are novel and loads of fun. This movie is filled with coincidence and repetitions, which was bothersome at first, until it became less of a writing faux pas and more of a theme. Funny how that happens. Also, it's much worse when a…
Well that was an adventure. A good adventure!
Probably my least favourite Satoshi Kon work, but still excellent. First film of 2015!
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- My Neighbor Totoro
- Toy Story
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Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…