Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Animation, Drama  |  8 November 2003 (Japan)
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On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Emori ...
Gin (voice)
Aya Okamoto ...
Miyuki (voice)
Yoshiaki Umegaki ...
Hana (voice)
Shôzô Iizuka ...
Oota (voice)
Seizô Katô ...
Mother (voice)
Hiroya Ishimaru ...
Yasuo (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi ...
Aged Man (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ...
Miyuki's Father (voice)
Kyôko Terase ...
Sachiko (voice)
Mamiko Noto ...
Kiyoko, Gin's Daughter (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ...
Doctor (voice)
Rikiya Koyama ...
Bridegroom (voice)
Satomi Kôrogi ...
Kiyoko, the Gangster's Daughter (voice)
Mitsuru Ogata ...
Hidenari Ugaki (voice)
Chiyako Shibahara ...
Eriko Kawasaki (voice)


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. Hana, the transvestite with delusions of being a mother, convinces the others to keep it overnight. The next day, using a key found with the baby, they start tracking down the parents, with many adventures along the way. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Meet the ultimate dysfunctional family.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violent images, language and some sexual material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 November 2003 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Héroes al rescate  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$37,127 (USA) (16 January 2004)


$128,985 (USA) (2 April 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is full of "12-25" (Christmas) references, including: The number on the key; the cab fare; the address in the newspaper ad; the cab license plate. See more »


Miyuki: Big breasts... cool.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on billboards, store signs, truck lettering, etc. See more »


References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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User Reviews

Human factor
18 August 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Satoshi Kon's atypical holiday tale deals with our three main vagabonds and a choice deeply affecting them. Despite what level in life you find yourself, humans share similar basic emotions or feelings. For Gin, Hana, and the less than cheery Miyuki, an unexpected find makes them confront their past whether they like it or not. Memories flow bringing times of happiness, regret, pain, and questions of what could've been. There's a great character richness in this darker, grimier side of Tokyo, but Kon also manages to put in lots of random, humorous events especially by cameos from minor citizens. Plus, how could you not laugh with Hana's feminine wiles and that manly voice! There's a strong sense of karma here with "what goes around comes around". Doing nice things and you most likely will be rewarded. However, turn your back or refusing to help someone in need may come back to haunt you when you are stuck with no one to turn to. Hey, maybe it's never too late to learn a lesson, no matter how much it hurts.

Satoshi Kon's not presenting an Aesop's fable here, but like in life, sometimes doing a good deed is the best reward in itself.

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