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It's Christmas Eve in Tokyo and three homeless people discover a baby in a pile of garbage as they search for treasure. And as the New Year fast approaches these three unlikely godfathers work together to solve the mystery of this abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, they are forced to confront their own haunted pasts, and learn to face their futures.
A holiday tale of adventure, love and redemption.
Anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio: Japanese (5.1). Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
Length: 92 minutes
Extras: Making of featurette, trailers
Unlike Kon's other two movies (PERFECT BLUE, MILLENNIUM ACTRESS) , this one is primarily a comedy and has a lot of funny moments and will get you shedding a tear or two. I didn't think this movie was as strong as his other two, but it's definitely a tearjerker if you watch it during the Holiday Season.
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The characters are the most realistic in any anime I have seen. I love how when the youngest is worried bout the other 2 bumbs and when she is relieved they are ok she saysuncle bag or geezer. But my personal favorite is the trans. I recommend this movie to every1. Also by the way this movie takes place on Christmas. So watch it wit the family on Christmas eve or somethin. It is everything!
Filled with beautifully animated scenery, great stories about friendship and family, and just a hint of the magical, director Satoshi Kon has crafted a marvelous anime film that goes beyond the futuristic action that I've usually associated with anime. The characters are very human, very believable. It shows you just what animation can do as a storytelling medium.
It took the first 30-45 minutes to get going, but that time was used to establish the characters and the setting. Be patient - it's worth the wait. After that, the movie is really about families. I don't mean the "Leave it to Beaver" kind, with Mom, Dad, and their children by each other. I mean the real families these days, where the ideas of Mom and Dad need to flex and where the children are unrelated to one or both. I mean a real family with real problems, holding together because everyone is struggling to hold it together.
The animation is good and the character animation are very good, but excellence is the norm these days. The plot and story are what make this movie stand out. As an aside, I was interested to hear a few English words adopted into the Japanese idiom, "homeless" and "godfather" being the most obvious. I was also interested to see that the Spanish speech wasn't subtitled - English speakers will need to puzzle it through, same as the Japanese listeners did.
This isn't an "adult" movie, but there's not a lot here for kids. That's fine. Kids have their own movies, and we need ours.
Gin wants to hand the infant over to the police, but Hana becomes
attached to the little girl, who he names Kiyoko, and wants to track
down the baby's parents and find out what is going on. The result
takes the three on a wild ride of improbable misadventures and
remarkable coincidences, involving yakuza (gangster) bosses, Latin
American "guest workers", the proprietors of a (...) bar, and so on.
On considering the contents of this movie it becomes obvious that
there are many ways to do something like this wrong, veering into too
much sentimentality or moralizing, but TOKYO GODFATHERS plays it just
right, as a tragicomedy. There's nothing basically all that funny
about the three bums, each having a background with at least its fair
share of misery, but a heavy application of some very sharp humor,
mostly in the form of clever dialogue, keeps it flying.
I just finished watching this movie. I'd been wanting it ever since I read an article in Animerica about it, but I didn't think it was out yet, so when I... Read more