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Tokyo Godfathers (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people's lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together.
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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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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.
GODFATHERS, it's Japanese Christmas -- that most peculiarly contrary
of Japanese customs -- in Tokyo, and a family of sorts of three losers
is trying to get by. The group includes a middle-aged guy named Gin,
a drag queen named Hana, and a teenaged runaway girl named Miyuki.
Christmas Eve is just another night for these three "homuresu
(homeless)" sorts to get through, and colder than most such nights,
until Hana, while sorting through a pile of trash, finds an
"kurisamasu puresanto (Christmas present)" -- an abandoned baby girl.
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.Read more ›
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This is what a masterpiece is al bout. Action, drama, comedy, and adventure. The 4 main elements of a movie and wow is it done well!!!! Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Ramona D. Carpenter
Before I saw it, I read in one of the customers' reviews that while watching this animation people tend to believe the characters being under impression that this is a live movie... Read morePublished on May 5 2004 by amazonka
This second feature by Satoshi Kon, like "Ice Age", spins off of John Ford's 1948 western "Three Godfathers" as a Christmas allegory of three grown men trying... Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Patrick Drazen
John Ford made this movie twice (as Three Godfathers), once with Harry Carey in the silent days & again with John Wayne in 1948. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Richard J. Arndt
Contains some spoilers.
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... Read more
I rented this movie out of ceriosity. Hey, the animation looked good, but I've been disappointed by recent anime flicks I almost passed it by. Read morePublished on April 14 2004 by A. Purviance
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