Year of Release: 2003
Director(s): Satoshi Kon, Sh˘go Furuya
Animation Studio: Mad House
Approx. Running Time: 92 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"MADE WITH AN ANARCHIC, ANYTHING-GOES SPIRIT,
this is truly a film, not to mention a town, where you never know what's going to happen next."
-Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A modern-day fable with a big heart, 'Tokyo Godfathers' succeeds where many of its anime counterparts often fail - engaging the audience by evoking real human emotion."
-David Smith, FILM THREAT
From acclaimed director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Milennium Actress) and Japan's leading animation studio Mad House (X, Vampire Hunter D, Ninja Scroll) comes this visually and emotionally stunning tale of adventure, love and redemption.
In 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.
I've watched quite a few anime films now and Satoshi Kon is the only anime director to really capture my attention. His films are generally very surreal and focus more on imagery. Tokyo Godfathers is all about heart.
Not Rated (MPAA)