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: 8.271 (scored by 140923140,923 users)
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Ranked: #2722
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Popularity: #819
Members: 282,507
Favorites: 2,483

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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


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


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Ending Theme

"Ode to Joy" by Moonriders


Jun 21, 2023
A Christmas Miracle of Coincidences

Tokyo Godfathers, some may argue, is highly realistic, portraying the lives of homeless people in Tokyo without delving into fantasy. However, I believe Tokyo Godfathers is a fantasy movie.

It's often believed that metropolises are vast, separate universes where many unrelated events occur simultaneously. Yet, living in a metropolis myself, I realize how small it can be. Tokyo Godfathers explores the concept of a small metropolis. Granted, the film presents numerous coincidences that may seem implausible, but let us not forget that this is ultimately a Christmas story. And like any good Christmas movie, it calls for a miracle. The miracles in ...
May 31, 2023
If you're looking for a fun movie to watch, this is a good one. It's funny, has action but is very sparse, and has a fun and pretty engaging story to follow along, it's somewhat emotional too, some moments you might call sad or wholesome. All the characters have their own dynamic story, that ends up contributing to their main goal. Most things end up resolved in the end, a pretty happy ending too. Makes for a great Christmas movie, not really appropriate for the whole family but, something to watch with a friend maybe. No deep meaning, or profound ideas, or even outstanding feats ...
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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It's that time of the year again! [NO SPOILERS]
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whats the difference between the remastered and the original?
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