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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:

Satoshi Kon (screenplay), Satoshi Kon (story) | 1 more credit »
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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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Details

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:

$29,259, 18 January 2004

Gross USA:

$367,131

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$453,133
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Madhouse See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A number of the minor characters appear to be named for well-known seiyuu. Thus, the cast of characters includes such names as "Eriko Kawasaki" (voiced by Chiyako Shibahara) and "Hidenari Ugaki" (voiced by Mitsuru Ogata). See more »

Quotes

Gin: You peep pretty loud for a chick that can't even find its own worms.
Miyuki: Should a burden on society like you be talking?
Gin: You're a burden on us- what does that make you?
Miyuki: The kettle the pot's calling black.
Gin: You mouthy brat!
Hana: Can't you at least get along on Christmas?
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XMas
16 August 2004 | by CelluloidRehabSee 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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