Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Critic Consensus: Beautiful and substantive, Tokyo Godfathers adds a moving -- and somewhat unconventional -- entry to the animated Christmas canon.
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as Old Homeless Man
as Miyuki's Father
as Kiyoko/Gin's Daughter
as Hidenari Ugaki
as Eriko Kawasaki
as Akiko Takeguchi
as Akiko Takeguchi
as Nobuyuki Furuta
as Toshitaka Shimizu
as Youto Kazama
Critic Reviews for Tokyo Godfathers
In one sense the plot involves returning stolen goods to a thief, but Tokyo Godfathers is really about longing -- for family, for children, for parents and for the lost past.
No amount of shoehorned-in razzle-dazzle can keep this forced fable from feeling like a shadow of Kon's early work.
Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills.
One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time.
Audience Reviews for Tokyo Godfathers
Meh, not really my kind of anime. It was hard for me to keep interest in this story of a baby found by three homeless people during the Christmas holidays in Tokyo, and their search to find her mother. The characters didn't appeal to me, their pasts and how they became homeless didn't endear them to me, and the art style and animation did nothing for me. I guess I just prefer fantasy or sci-fi flavored animation more. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish this if I hadn't told the person who recommended it to me that I'd watch it. Perhaps others will enjoy this more than I did. Tokyo Godfathers makes a genuine effort to tell a heartfelt and touching story, it just wasn't a story that I could bring myself to care about.
A "delightful" little Christams story. Beats the hell out of that horrible "It's A Wonderful Life".
Saw this movie again and I decided that it deserves a higher rating! The story is a little unconventional for an anime, but that's why I like it so much. It's a perfect combination of humor and drama, and boy is it funny! Hana is definitely my favorite character, it's how he/she talks, walks and looks. And I guarantee you, even if you're not a fan of anime, you're gonna enjoy this and have a good laugh n_n It's beautifully animated, the details, the facial expressions, the colors, the lighting, everything. Love it love it love it!!!!
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