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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Tôkyô goddofâzâzu (original title)
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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.

Directors:

Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya (co-director)

Writers:

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Emori Tôru Emori ... Gin (voice)
Aya Okamoto Aya Okamoto ... Miyuki (voice)
Yoshiaki Umegaki Yoshiaki Umegaki ... Hana (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka Shôzô Îzuka ... Oota (voice)
Seizô Katô Seizô Katô ... Mother (voice)
Hiroya Ishimaru ... Yasuo (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi Ryûji Saikachi ... Aged Man (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Miyuki's Father (voice)
Kyôko Terase Kyôko Terase ... Sachiko (voice)
Mamiko Noto 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 Mitsuru Ogata ... Hidenari Ugaki (voice)
Chiyako Shibahara 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 November 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Godfathers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,127, 18 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,985, 4 April 2004
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Gin: You can't get milk from an old queer's tits, no matter how hard you think.
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References 3 Godfathers (1948) See more »

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Human factor
18 August 2004 | by InzyWimzySee 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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