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On Christmas Eve three homeless people living on the streets on Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find the 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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Release Date:

8 November 2003 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Trivia

Another reference to the Christmas date (12-25) can be found in the electric alarm clock lying among the debris of Sachiko's ruined house. It stopped exactly at 12:25 hours. See more »

Quotes

Miyuki: Eat shit, you old fart.
Hana: "Shit" I'll take, but "fart" I won't!
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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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XMas
16 August 2004 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

This is a Christmas story told from a different perspective, that is strangely familiar. The story revolves around 3 homeless people (a middle aged man name Gin, a homosexual cross-dresser name Hana, and a teenage girl named Miyuki) who discover a newborn baby in the garbage. The events follow the three as they decided what to do with the baby, trying to find the parents, dealing with their own pasts,etc (Christmas seems to be an introspective time - along with all holidays). After the first 30 minutes of the movie, everything becomes strangely predictable yet still moving and meaningful. The movie is laced with "coincidences" and tons of Christmas references. It touches on numerous subjects including family, guilt, redemption,etc. Satoshi Kon delivers another beautiful looking movie with a humanistic storyline. And in true Satoshi Kon fashion adds a touch of the bizarre to shake up the traditional story. This movie will be added to my Christmas holiday viewing list, which gets me into the XMAS spirit.

-Celluloid Rehab


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