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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

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 Koorogi ...
Kiyoko, the Gangster's Daughter (voice)
Mitsuru Ogata ...
Hidenari Ugaki (voice)
Chiyako Shibahara ...
Eriko Kawasaki (voice)
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Storyline

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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Meet the ultimate dysfunctional family.


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

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8 November 2003 (Japan)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$128,985 (USA) (2 April 2004)
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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 »

Quotes

Hana: All he thinks about is himself.
Miyuki: Yeah, Miss Hana, but you're in love with him, aren't you?
Hana: Don't be silly. I like my men to be more 'manly.'
Hana: [leaning towards the cab driver] My kind of man is slender, middle-aged, tan, with a divine square-back haircut and a lower town accent, who says 'Ah what the hell' when I don't quite have the cab fare.
[grins]
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End credits: The skyscrapers dance to Beethoven's 9th done with synthesizers and Japanese lyrics. See more »

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A delightfully funny holiday feature
30 November 2003 | by (Chula Vista, CA) – See all my reviews

I honestly did not know what to expecting going into a viewing Tokyo Godfathers at the 2003 San Diego Asian Film Festival. It is the third film from Satoshi Kon, whose Perfect Blue was a creepy film that I liked and I am still awaiting to view Millennium Actress. Right from the start, Tokyo Godfathers was among the funniest animated features I had ever seen.

The film quickly draw comparisons to Three Men and a Baby as well as the idea of the three wise men. Three homeless folk with different, and perhaps strange, personalities find an abandoned baby on Christmas and make it their mission to find its parents. And right from the start, the three end up on these crazy adventures that is nothing short of funny.

Kon and fellow screen writer Keiko Nobumoto create a very witty film that at least provides endless laughter, even in moments that would normally be intense. At the same time, the provide a touching story of three people with nothing but the clothing on their bodies going out of their way to find the child's home.

If you get the chance, Tokyo Godfathers makes for the perfect holiday feature for everyone to watch. It is highly recommended and I hope the Academy takes serious consideration when viewing this film as it is among the eleven eligible for being nominated for next year's Best Animated Feature category.


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