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: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.281 (scored by 112105112,105 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2482
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #789
Members: 230,607
Favorites: 1,859

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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

Cat Lady

Shibata, Rie


Koorogi, Satomi


Noto, Mamiko

Taxi Driver

Yamadera, Kouichi


Ishimaru, Hiroya


Yahara, Kanako


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


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Ending Theme

"Ode to Joy" by Moonriders

Sep 3, 2008
kiriska (All reviews)
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
Aug 27, 2011
mjcabreza (All reviews)
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
Feb 17, 2007
Faust721 (All reviews)
From the creator of Perfect Blue comes Tokyo Godfathers.

Story: This story is about 3 homeless people (a washed-up father/husband, a homo, and a runaway teen) during the Christmas Holidays. The story gets going when they find an abandoned baby at a dump site. Even though one of them wants to raise the baby himself, they knew that they couldn't, so they go on a search for the baby's parents. As this search goes on, they start to learn about each others past's and we see how it ties into the present.

While it may seem like a pretty straight forward concept, Kon Satoshi manages to fully read more
Dec 23, 2018
Jex (All reviews)
I watch Tokyo Godfathers every Christmas. It's a fantastic Christmas movie, but it's not just a Christmas movie. It's also a fantastic family movie and a fantastic auteur film. It's Satoshi Kon's greatest movie, out of the few films he was able to make in his lifetime.

The main characters are Gin, Hana and Miyuki. All of them are hobos and all have contrasting personalities. Gin is an alcoholic who doesn't want to face reality, so he makes up stories and lies a lot. He wants to shift the blame of his failures onto someone else instead of changing for the better. Hana is an okama, read more


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