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Beautiful and substantive, Tokyo Godfathers adds a moving -- and somewhat unconventional -- entry to the animated Christmas canon. Read critic reviews

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Middle-aged alcoholic Gin (Toru Emori), teenage runaway Miyuki (Aya Okamoto) and former drag queen Hana (Yoshiaki Umegaki) are a trio of homeless people surviving as a makeshift family on the streets of Tokyo. While rummaging in the trash for food on Christmas Eve, they stumble upon an abandoned newborn baby in a trash bin. With only a handful of clues to the baby's identity, the three misfits search the streets of Tokyo for help in returning the baby to its parents.

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  • Apr 06, 2014
    Constantly surprising.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 15, 2012
    It's a cute, and surprisingly good Japanese animated film about 3 hobos came across a baby and had to take care of it by themselves. All three of the hobos had different personalities and background which makes taking care of the baby challenging, but it's a film about friendship, miracles and ultimately Christmas. Definitely worth watching.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2012
    Damn fine movie, pretty much almost like Tsotsi in that these characters are looking for some sort of redemption for their past mistakes and they do through taking care of this baby. The problem in Tsotsi was that there was no real character progression, the guy went from being bad to good just because it was written in the script that way. At least this movie has better progression in that you get why they're doing what they're doing and why it's important to them. But there's also part of me that was slightly disappointed by this movie. Not that it's ever bad at any point, but it isn't as good as I thought it was going to be. There's just something missing here that would've taken it to the next level. Not sure what it was, maybe I wasn't as attached to the characters as the movie expected me to be, though they were very likable and funny however, also I think the movie ends as it's starting to peak. Perhaps it's just me, but as I mentioned there was something lacking. The animation is excellent however, no surprise there. And as mentioned the characters are very entertaining and there's a sense of family between them. Very good movie overall.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 25, 2011
    Heartwarming and fun.
    August S Super Reviewer

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