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Tokyo Godfathers

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
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.331 (scored by 33565 users)
Ranked: #2042
Popularity: #599
Members: 58,239
Favorites: 360
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comedy drama slice of life


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.

Characters & Voice Actors

Emori, Toru
Emori, Toru
Umegaki, Yoshiaki
Umegaki, Yoshiaki
Okamoto, Aya
Okamoto, Aya
Koorogi, Satomi
Koorogi, Satomi


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

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Aug 27, 2011
What else can I say... This movie had a great storyline, a huge unexpected twist near the ending, held mystery from the very beginning, had very witty humor (I caught myself laughing out loud many times), characters were well introduced, it was rather heartwarming as well, family-focused, gives definition to what life truly is, pacing and story progression was really good, art was outstanding, I really have to say that I enjoyed this movie A LOT. Made me remember the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future but twisted it up a bit. This was a remarkable movie. I recommend it to everyone. I added 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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Sep 3, 2008
I started watching this movie knowing little more than that it was directed by Satoshi Kon, and even though I'm a fan of the man's work in general, I must say I was pleasantly surprised.

STORY - In brief, Tokyo Godfathers is a heart-warming Christmas story about family. Slightly elaborated, it's a rather unique slice-of-life movie featuring a less-than-average family. Sure, inspiration was taken from an old western film (3 Godfathers), but I haven't seen it, and I don't think having seen it would have affected the charm of this one. (Other than the bare bones, the details of the two movies are vastly different anyway.) read more
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Dec 17, 2014
Tokyo Godfathers is a film directed by Kon Satoshi, who also directed the superb Perfect Blue, and co-written by Wolf's Rain creator, Nobumoto Keiko. With animation and production from Madhouse, whether it's the branch of Madhouse that ruins action scenes with random T & A shots or the branch that does stellar work remains to be seen. Yes, I have become convinced that Madhouse has one division to do animation for quality projects like Rainbow, Monster and the aforementioned Perfect Blue and another for their drek projects like Highschool of the Dead or Devil Hunter Yohko. Although in reality they probably have a lot more read more
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The style of Kure-nai immediately put me in mind of Satoshi Kon's work, especially in the character design (not only the art-style, but how well-developed the characters are). Both of these anime have people from less-than-perfect circumstances raising a child as well. 
Even though the stories are entirely different, one about saving a baby and the other about saving a town, in the end the ones who are truly saved are the main characters that fought to protect what's important to them. Tekkon Kinkreet is just as heart-warming as Tokyo Godfathers.  
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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Emily is more about relationships and depressions, while Tokyo Godfathers is more about trust and belief. While they're at it, they're both similar because they like to prove to the characters that people are faithful, and that they like to brighten up the world by attempting to rehab it. 
Characters are not similar; but they like to have faith that their friends will trust, that they will make amends for people when something goes wrong. 
Characters are similar; and they like to prove to people that they are righteous to the world, and they like to have faith that the world will bring good expierences, even though they encounter problems. 

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"Ode to Joy" by Moonriders

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