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Directors:
Satoshi Kon
Shôgo Furuya (co-director)
Writers:
Satoshi Kon (screenplay)
Satoshi Kon (story)
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Release Date:
8 November 2003 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Meet the ultimate dysfunctional family.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
A different kind of Christmas story See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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)
Kazuaki Ito ... Akiko Takeguchi (voice)
Atsuko Yuya ... Nobuyuki Furuta (voice)
Jin Horikawa ... Toshitaka Shimizu (voice)
Masao Harada ... Youto Kazama (voice)
Yoshinori Sonobe ... Tsuguo Mogami (voice)
Mitsuru Sugita ... Rin Sakurazawa (voice)
Ryô Takahashi ... Hikaru Koga (voice)
Ryo Takahashi ... Hikaru Koga (voice)
Syuho Miki ... Ayaki Nishimura (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Inuko Inuyama ... Kurumizawa
Candice Moore ... Miyuki (Animax Asia dub) (voice: English version)
Darren Pleavin ... Gin (Animax Asia dub) (voice: English version)

Russell Wait ... Hana (Animax Asia dub) (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Satoshi Kon 
Shôgo Furuya (co-director)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Satoshi Kon  screenplay
Satoshi Kon  story
Keiko Nobumoto  screenplay

Produced by
Shinichi Kobayashi .... executive producer
Taro Maki .... executive producer
Masao Maruyama .... producer
Masao Takiyama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Moonriders 
Keiichi Suzuki 
 
Cinematography by
Katsutoshi Sugai 
 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
 
Art Direction by
Nobutaka Ike 
 
Sound Department
Masafumi Mima .... sound director
 
Animation Department
Masashi Ando .... animator
Shigeru Fujita .... animator
Hideki Hamazu .... animator
Shinji Hashimoto .... key animator
Toshiyuki Inoue .... animator
Kumiko Kawana .... animator
Hiroko Kazui .... animator
Satoshi Kon .... character designer
Ken'ichi Konishi .... animation director
Ken'ichi Konishi .... character designer
Norio Matsumoto .... key animator
Hisashi Mori .... animator
Shinji Otsuka .... animator
Michiyo Suzuki .... animator
 

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violent images, language and some sexual material
Runtime:
USA:92 min | Argentina:93 min | UK:88 min
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Trivia:
Towards the beginning of the movie, they pass by a convenience store, in the background you can see the theatrical posters for Pafekuto Buru (1997), and Millennium Actress (2001). All three films were directed by Satoshi Kon.See more »
Quotes:
Hana:Which way?
Gin:Left!
Hana:Okay, right!
Gin:Why?
Hana:You're a lousy gambler!
Gin:You got that right!
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Movie Connections:
References Pafekuto Buru (1997)See more »

FAQ

What did the Spanish speaking characters say in this movie.
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44 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A different kind of Christmas story, 6 August 2004
Author: noisy_mouse from Canada

At first glance, I wasn't sure if I would like this movie. The "miracles DO happen on Christmas" cliché is very boring and I typically don't enjoy movies that employ it, but this is a very different kind of Christmas movie.

We are given three homeless characters with complex personalities and backgrounds, who are as endearing as they are repellent. They take up the task of caring for a baby they found in the trash, and trying to bring it back to its mother. We learn the secrets that made these people homeless, we learn about the workings of human shame and desperation, and we learn that "miracles DO happen on Christmas." But in the least cheesy way possible!

The plot is very slow-moving, but still, it is interesting and very carefully laid out. This would be a very compelling live-action movie, but the use of animation adds so much visual interest, particularly the expressive (and sometimes hideous!!) face of Hana, the gangly transvestite. The choice of music is unique and very fitting: the song played during a walking-around-the-city montage is reminiscent of Clockwork Orange.

Interesting and careful story, complex and realistic story, tremendous visual appeal and excellent music. I guess this movie pretty much has it all!

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