7.9/10
24,345
55 user 79 critic

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

Tôkyô goddofâzâzu (original title)
Trailer
1:38 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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:

, (co-director)

Writers:

(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Mami Koyama
Paprika (2006)
Animation | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori
Perfect Blue (1997)
Animation | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon
Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji
Môsô dairinin (TV Series 2004)
Animation | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Stars: John Swasey, Randy E. Aguebor, Felecia Angelle
Animation | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii
Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka
Memories (1995)
Animation | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii
Akira (1988)
Animation | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo
Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Kaze tachinu (2013)
Animation | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura
Animation | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata
Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Emori ... Gin (voice)
Aya Okamoto ... Miyuki (voice)
Yoshiaki Umegaki ... Hana (voice)
Shôzô Îzuka ... Oota (voice)
Seizô Katô ... Mother (voice)
... Yasuo (voice)
Ryûji Saikachi ... Aged Man (voice)
... Miyuki's Father (voice)
Kyôko Terase ... Sachiko (voice)
Mamiko Noto ... Kiyoko, Gin's Daughter (voice)
... Doctor (voice)
... Bridegroom (voice)
... Kiyoko, the Gangster's Daughter (voice)
Mitsuru Ogata ... Hidenari Ugaki (voice)
Chiyako Shibahara ... Eriko Kawasaki (voice)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

8 November 2003 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Tokyo Godfathers  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,127, 18 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$128,985, 4 April 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Towards the beginning of the movie, they pass by a convenience store, in the background you can see the theatrical posters for Perfect Blue (1997), Millennium Actress (2001), and Tokyo Godfathers itself. All three films were directed by Satoshi Kon. See more »

Quotes

Hana: If you like the police so much, get THEM to adopt you!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on billboards, store signs, truck lettering, etc. See more »

Connections

References Millennium Actress (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
A delightfully funny holiday feature
30 November 2003 | by 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.


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 55 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed