Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

6.9

Movie

Japan
English, Japanese, Spanish
Animation, Comedy, Drama
2003
SATOSHI KON, SHOUGO FURUYA
Akio Otsuka, Aya Okamoto, Chiyako Shibahara
93 min

What it's about

On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo discover a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

The take

This is a great movie to watch on say a Sunday. The story of three homeless people who find a newborn baby while foraging through trash on Christmas eve and decide to care for the baby and track down its parents. Middle-aged Gin, aging Hana and teenage runaway Miyuki form a makeshift family haunted by its members’ past and troubled by their present. As expected, Satoshi Kon (who also directed Paprika) delivers a beautifully animated story with unique characters and unique dynamics. The result is a very humane and moving animation, not to be missed by both Kon fans and those willing to be introduced to his style.

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