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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 of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
7 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Spectacular animation! Satoshi Kon is one of a kind! 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)

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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MPAA:
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:
On the Tokyo Godfathers DVD there is a bonus "making of" featurette. ANN founder, Justin Sevakis can be spotted at the beginning of the featurette which shows the American premiere of Tokyo Godfathers at BAAF (Big Apple Anime Fest).See more »
Quotes:
Aged Man:I always wanted to die drunk in a nice, old house. I'm halfway there.See more »
Movie Connections:
References 3 Godfathers (1948)See more »

FAQ

What did the Spanish speaking characters say in this movie.
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25 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Spectacular animation! Satoshi Kon is one of a kind!, 17 May 2004
Author: alitak from Vancouver, Canada

Satoshi Kon's animation films are increasingly impressive with each new release. This movie is not only a technical masterpiece of the Japanese animation style, but can also rival a good independent live-action film in its storytelling. The film's plot also doubles as a social commentary about life on the fringe in Tokyo (not only the homeless but also cultural minority and the mentally disabled), from both the inside and the outside looking in. As a Westerner, I was astonished at how the homeless characters adapted to Japanese traditional practices for their survival.

The story of "Tokyo Godfathers" is much more compelling and heartwarming than Kon's previous films, "Perfect Blue" and "Milennium Actress", but the signature semi-realistic drawing style from his other films is still prominent. The discrepancies in movement between each character in the action sequences is particularly phenomenal. The backgrounds are intricate and perfectly painted. Note the art direction of the background buildings in some scenes to add even more connotation to the plot - sometimes they are more than what they seem!

Kon is the next Miyazaki, and I predict that he will continue to bring Japanese animation films to the international foreground years to come.

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