Ranked #192

Tokyo Godfathers

Alternative Titles

English: Tokyo Godfathers
Japanese: 東京ゴッドファーザーズ


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 30, 2003
Source: Unknown
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.341 (scored by 37,635 users)
Ranked: #1922
Popularity: #623
Members: 66,589
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Three homeless companions—a runaway girl, a transvestite, and an alcoholic—find an abandoned newborn on Christmas Eve while foraging through trash. Using clues found next to the baby, they fan out through Tokyo to find the parents, along the way confronting reminders of their own lives they have nearly abandoned.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Umegaki, Yoshiaki
Umegaki, Yoshiaki
Okamoto, Aya
Okamoto, Aya
Emori, Toru
Emori, Toru
Noto, Mamiko
Noto, Mamiko


Maruyama, Masao
Maruyama, Masao
Kon, Satoshi
Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Nobumoto, Keiko
Nobumoto, Keiko

Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Ode to Joy" by Moonriders

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Nov 27, 2015
Tokyo Godfathers is a rather unique film from Satoshi Kon as it differs from his other works in that the movie is not as heavy on the cerebral side. Set in Tokyo during the holiday season, the movie focuses on a trio of homeless people from different walks of life who come across an abandoned baby and journey throughout the city to learn of the whereabouts of the baby's parents. While doing this, each of these people come to grips with their tragic pasts as the movie explores the varying circumstances that led each of our main trio to wind up living on the streets.

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Oct 31, 2015

The story itself, at it's bare boned basics, when I completely take out all other characters and keep solely the story in mind... deals with coincidences. Since the team of "Tokyo Godfathers" had kept that in mind when they had developed the story itself, and that they had intended this to be a story about "the power of coincidences", I personally found it willing the suspension of disbelief. if it was not for the development of the characters themselves and for the overall sincerity of the acting by the characters, I would actually not be bothered by the story itself. In Tokyo Godfathers, I found read more
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Dec 25, 2014
The holiday season is finally here, and with the holidays always come the festivities. Shopping, spending time with family, decorating the Christmas tree, cuddling with loved ones alongside the soft embers of the fireplace: these are all the ideals of a perfect Christmas. After all, there's nothing more to love about Christmas than the gifts or the food, right? Well, maybe if you're a middle-aged salaryman. To our three protagonists, they'd just be happy if they could find a leftover bottle of booze in Tokyo's garbage dumps.

Little did they know that they were setting themselves up for a wild goose chase to find not read more
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Aug 2, 2015
It's a Christmas miracle!

The stereotypical Christmas film involves plenty of coincidences, a corny, cheesy message and the extraordinary. Tokyo Godfathers has all of this in spades. The film even emphasises this at the beginning when Hana wishes for a Christmas miracle. However, unlike other Christmas films, this has Satoshi Kon's zany influence.

The premise for Tokyo Godfathers is a dark, yet interesting one; three homeless people finding an abandoned baby. In fact, most of the film deals with dark themes, such as the abuse of homeless people. But the film has an amazing ability to merge these dark themes with a lighthearted adventure. While convention read more
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Both Tokyo Godfathers and Welcome to the NHK! have hilarious characters while also having a pretty serious overarching plot that shows how life can beat you down. While TG is more serious for the most part, NHK focuses more on comedy. However, it has its fair share of melancholic episodes too, especially towards the end. The color schemes are similar, with a lot of gray and black to emphasize the feeling of loneliness. These are both anime classics, and if you like one of them I'd have to imagine you will like the other. 
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Both was produced by same studio (Madhouse). and both tell about family bond .even though wolf children is more fanstasy and tearjerker. On the other hand Tokyo Godfather has funnier storyline.  
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