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Tokyo Godfathers [DVD] [2004]

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Satoshi Kon    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Satoshi Kon
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002K0ZUI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people's lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together.


Satoshi Kon's third feature (following Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress) confirms his status as one of the most interesting directors working in anime. Tokyo Godfathers centres on three homeless people: Hana, a flamboyant ex-drag entertainer; Gin, an alcoholic former bicycle racer; and Miyuki, a sullen teenage runaway. Their tenuous existence becomes more chaotic when they set out to find the parents of an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. They scream insults as they confront the lies they've told each other--and themselves--about the past. Yet they remain curiously endearing and even noble. All three care passionately about the abandoned infant, and they love each other, although they're loath to admit it. Kon skillfully uses colour to suggest the bitter winter cold and the characters' alienation. Tokyo Godfathers shows that battling the inner demons that led these three characters to skid row can be a more daunting challenge than fighting aliens and cyborgs. (Rated PG-13: profanity, violence, tobacco and alcohol use) --Charles Solomon,

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance" 21 Oct 2007
The phrase in the title came from one of the three homeless characters when they found a baby in the trash, but it also applies to anime fans and this film. There are not many cases in this genre in which you can watch a story that has the effect this one has on the feelings of the viewer. I do not pretend to be an expert on anime, far from it, but the only anime production that had a similar effect on me was "Grave of the Fireflies". Just the mere fact that "Tokyo Godfathers" can be put in the same echelon as that masterpiece should be telling.

When an unlikely trio of homeless people finds a very special Christmas present, their world is shook in ways in they do not think possible. Thus, a bitter old man, an ex-drag queen and a teenager with a grudge towards her family embark in a quest to find the parents of the beautiful baby girl they found in the trash. The story starts out slow, but it gradually draws you into it, until you are hopelessly hooked. Little by little we come to understand the facts that led the three characters to their current situation and we are mesmerized by their search, which leads them to interact with an array of characters that range from desperate to happy to be alive.

I particularly enjoyed the graphics of this movie, but you need to understand that these differ from the common benchmark for the genre. In the film we get drawings with a good amount of detail in the main characters and in the background when it is close-up. But the general background and people that are not as relevant to the story are drawn with a lot less details. I interpreted this as a way to highlight what is important, but different people will have different interpretations for its purpose.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, heart-warming anime 17 April 2006
This absolutely outstanding piece of animation follows three homeless people in Tokyo who find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. The twists and turns of the story rely far too much on unlikely coincidences to be plausible, and although this is kind of part of the point of the story, you really have to just sit back and accept it for the film to work. Its great strengths are in the sheer visual beauty of the film, the quality of the animation and the wonderful characterisation. The three main characters are so full of personality and vitality, demonstrating the advantages that really first -rate animated characters combined with good voice acting can have over live-action actors in terms of the breadth and range of emotions and moods that can be conveyed. This is a wonderful, heart-warming piece of anime.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! I enjoyed it very much! 10 July 2004
Before I saw it, I read in one of the customers' reviews that while watching this animation people tend to believe the characters being under impression that this is a live movie with real actors. I watched it today - it is totally true!
I could see realistic emotions of drawn characters, which I never experienced watching animation. And I loved the story. Don't believe to trailer; what you saw there is not what you will find in the movie... the story develops in a very dynamic way with absolutely unexpected result! That was really entertaining, and thanks to other customers for not disclosing the plot in their reviews! Intrigued? Watch it!
By the way, please keep your children out of this DVD, as there is some violence, a few explicit talks, and lots of serious social problems, which you would never be able to explain to them....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best anime titles around 31 July 2008
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I purchased this title when I was looking for something different from the normal robot/creature anime that is so abbundant. This film is superb.It is so "real" in its themes of true to life story telling that you soon forget that its animation.The feature is funny,sad,thought provoking,and a delight to watch.If you like your manga high adreniline none stop action then go elsewhere,but you would be missing a gem of a movie.This version of the film has no english/usa dubbing,but the emotions
brought out by the original japanese voice actors are superb...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tokyo Godfathers tells the story of an aging bum, a middle-aged transvestite and a runaway schoolgirl who live on the streets of Tokyo. During Christmas Eve, they find a baby abandoned in a dumpster, and start the task of finding the baby's parents.

Whilst the late Satoshi Kon will probably be better known for his follow-up film 'Paprika,' "Tokyo Godfathers" sees Kon at the height of his story-telling abilities, with character's motives evolving as the details of each of the character's pasts come out. But despite the seemingly downtrodden subject matter, this is ultimately a heartwarming feel good film, even if you don't realise it until the very end.

I doubt it'll be shown alonside 'It's a Wonderful Life' in Chrismasses yet to come, but "Tokyo Godfathers" is a wonderful tale about how miracles can happen even to the less fortunate around Christmas time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably my favourite Christmas movie! 2 Dec 2009
After watching this terrific and wonderful film, one question came to my mind: Why can't all Christmas movies be as brilliant as TOKYO GODFATHERS (2003)? Because for every Frank Capra's IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946), there are one-hundred JINGLE ALL THE WAYs (1996) or DECK THE HALLS (2006).

This must have been a very strange choice, doing an anime film set during Christmas and focusing on the homeless living on the streets of Tokyo. Happily, Satoshi Kon (my favourite anime filmmaker after Hayao Miyazaki) pulls it off superbly, by giving us a funny and often touching film as we follow three homeless characters - Gin, Hana and Miyuki - as they try to search the parents of an abandoned baby girl.

Even though TOKYO GODFATHERS may not have Kon's trademark theme of blending fantasy with reality (like in his other classics PERFECT BLUE [1998] and PAPRIKA [2006]), it's still filled with memorable sequences and characters who we can care for. And of course, who cannot feel overjoyed by hearing Beethoven's 'Ode To Joy'?

Want to watch an Christmas film that's very good? Then see TOKYO GODFATHERS. It's another anime masterpiece.

Reviewer: Ben David W
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, not careful shipping
I love the movie, and the video runs good and stuff, but unfortunately the cd-case broken when it got to me.
But I'm happy that the cd survived and it works just fine :)
Published 1 month ago by Kira
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Godfathers is a Gem
Tokyo Godfathers is a touching story with a lot of humor and heart warming moments. worth watching for those who love seeing a good anime now and then. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dagmar Viktoria
4.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo Godfathers review
I did enjoy this movie. I found this after realising it was directed by Satoshi Kon. The one who did 'Millennium Actress' - which, is a poignant and wonderful anime feature. Read more
Published 13 months ago by GEO Ware
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Bought this on a whim and surprisingly really enjoyed it, this was one of my first dvd from Satoshi Kon and it wasn't my last I bought a couple more. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs D E Towlson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem
Fed up with Manga-Mad Fantasies?! - then come down-to-earth with this bunch of Tokyo's homeless misfits on a possible 'wild goose chase'. Delightful characterisations and artwork.
Published 16 months ago by R. A. Fallows
5.0 out of 5 stars Tokyo as we don't know it
A must for any anime lover with a tolerant attitude and sense of humour. Animation is great, the characters quirky and story heartwarming.
Enough said.
Published 17 months ago by Merike
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Hilarious. Even for the 20th time. Everyone I've watched this with loved it.
Great plot, characters and overall vibe. Definitely recommended for your collection.
Published 18 months ago by Anna-Joanna Daskalopulou-Tarlizou
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I have seen some good anime & some rubbish. This is a wonderful heart warming story of three homeless people who find a baby and are on a quest to bring her back to her parents. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Cartoon Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Redemptive Christmas Story
This is a warm, spiritual story set in a cold and snowy Tokyo one Christmas. It finds the right balance being not too sentimental or moralising. Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by Merlin's Owl
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, touching comedy.
This is a funny, touching film that touches upon individual hardships, how all sufferings and happiness are connected, where choices we make in life lead us to different paths and... Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by zekita
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