Tokyo Godfathers
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Japanese filmmaker Satoshi Kon directs his third anime feature with the holiday film Tokyo Godfathers. The story takes place in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Christmas Eve. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are three homeless friends who have formed a kind of makeshift family structure. Their bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a garbage dump. They have no choice but to care for the infant themselves. The group travels throughout the city, searching for the baby's parents and coping with their personal reactions to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In one sense the plot involves returning stolen goods to a thief, but Tokyo Godfathers is really about longing -- for family, for children, for parents and for the lost past."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Takes anime to a whole new level."
‑ Ken Eisner, Variety
"A likeably larky Yuletide yarn."
‑ , Total Film
"Depois do brilhante Millenium Actress, Kon conta uma histˇria bem mais simples, mas igualmente tocante e mßgica, brindando o p˙blico com uma belÝssima animašŃo de tirar o f˘lego."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film mixes genuinely dramatic scenes with exaggerated comic bits."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"No amount of shoehorned-in razzle-dazzle can keep this forced fable from feeling like a shadow of Kon's early work."
‑ Tasha Robinson, AV Club
"One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Tokyo Godfathers becomes a clever and well-written parody of Christ's nativity."
‑ James Keith La Croix, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"It's a modern-day fable with a big heart..."
‑ D.W. Smith, Film Threat
"Miracles, redemptions and reconciliations happen in the snow-covered Tokyo night."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The score grates in places but the script hits the mark, with the potty-mouthed vagrants certain to be a hit with older children."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"A delightfully rambunctious holiday fable about the vital importance of family."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A sweet little melodrama of deep, personal wounds being treated by dashes of holiday miracles, and it's enough to bring a smile to one's face."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
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