Tokyo Godfathers

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Japanese: 東京ゴッドファーザーズ
English: Tokyo Godfathers
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 8, 2003
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: Award WinningAward Winning, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Theme: ChildcareChildcare
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.281 (scored by 148418148,418 users)
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Ranked: #2832
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Popularity: #829
Members: 296,181
Favorites: 2,672

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One Christmas Eve, Hana, Gin, and Miyuki are rummaging for presents through heaps of garbage when they chance upon an abandoned baby in the cold winter night. Appalled at the pitiful sight, Hana's maternal instincts kick in and she insists on finding the baby's biological mother to demand an explanation. Naming the baby Kiyoko—meaning pure child—they begin their search using the possible clues left alongside her: a mysterious key and a single note. However, their plans are soon thrown into disarray as they get caught up in a series of unprecedented events.

Tokyo Godfathers follows the journey of the trio as they stick together through thick and thin, hoping to deliver Kiyoko to her true home, and find their very own Christmas miracle.

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Tokyo Godfathers received an Excellence Prize at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival. It also won Best Animation Film at the 58th Mainichi Film Awards.

Characters & Voice Actors


Umegaki, Yoshiaki


Okamoto, Aya


Emori, Toru

Old Man

Saikachi, Ryuuji

Taxi Driver

Yamadera, Kouichi

Cat Lady

Shibata, Rie


Koorogi, Satomi


Noto, Mamiko


Ishimaru, Hiroya


Katou, Seizou


Kon, Satoshi
Director, Script, Original Creator, Character Design
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Nobumoto, Keiko
Suzuki, Keiichi
Theme Song Performance, Music


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Ending Theme

"Ode to Joy" by Moonriders


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.) ...
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 ...
Mar 12, 2022
Mixed Feelings
After falling in love with Satoshi Kon's Paprika and Perfect Blue, I recently watched Tokyo Godfathers with no idea what it was about or the general reception of it.

The story is sweet and heart warming. There are points where events happen a little too conveniently and plot twists feel a little too coincidental to suspend disbelief, which at times can make the film feel cheesy. Though it is meant to be a comedy, I would have liked to see the humor taper off towards the emotional climaxes for more impact.

Additionally, I felt the portrayal of the crossdressing character a little insensitive and stereotypical at times ...

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