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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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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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Madhouse See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Unconventional Fun
12 January 2004 | by danfeitSee all my reviews

I was able to see "Tôkyô Godfathers" at its premiere in New York. Sadly, the film was not added to the IMDb until months later, so I've had to sit on my comments for some time.

I'm a big fan of director Satoshi Kon. Both of his previous films feature stories and issues not normally seen in animated films. "Godfathers" continues this happy trend and goes even further by covering subjects not normally associated with Japan, period. Homelessness, immigrants, and homosexuality all play key elements in this tale.

Perhaps the biggest difference here is the comedy, something Kon's previous films did not approach. "Perfect Blue" was a dark thriller and "Sennen Joyû" was more of a tearjerker. "Godfathers" is played for laughs, which for me weakened the movie a little bit. Some of the more outrageous moments made the other theatergoers crack up, but I felt it was a little too silly at times.

While I would describe "Tôkyô Godfathers" as the weakest of Kon's three films to date, that's hardly a knock since his first two are among my favorites. "Godfathers" was just missing something, but I still openly recommend it to anyone, regardless of your disposition towards anime.


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