Tokyo Godfathers
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 30, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautiful and substantive, Tokyo Godfathers adds a moving -- and somewhat unconventional -- entry to the animated Christmas canon.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Ken Eisner

Takes anime to a whole new level.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Hana tends to swoon into stereotype, her theatricality and campiness infecting the other non-hetero characters here, with so many of them wailing or sobbing. The story's comedy and pathos can be similarly overwrought, too.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

No amount of shoehorned-in razzle-dazzle can keep this forced fable from feeling like a shadow of Kon's early work.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

One of the most moving, enjoyable and wholly unconventional Christmas stories to come along in a long time.

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Total Film

A likeably larky Yuletide yarn.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Japanese animator Satoshi Kon has a striking sense of composition, but I'm more impressed by his storytelling skills.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Demonstrates an idiosyncratic human touch. Kon is unafraid of the unseemly and unsightly.

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James Keith La Croix
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Tokyo Godfathers becomes a clever and well-written parody of Christ's nativity.

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More reviews for Tokyo Godfathers

Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Lewis C.
Meh, not really my kind of anime. It was hard for me to keep interest in this story of a baby found by three homeless people during the Christmas holidays in… More
Drew Smith
Tokyo Godfathers is a good movie, but it's probably the weakest of Satoshi Kon's films. I don't know if I've outgrown anime, because Paprika… More
Robert C
A "delightful" little Christams story. Beats the hell out of that horrible "It's A Wonderful Life".
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Feel-good story that manages to be fun and interesting to watch. Not the best from Kon, but still worth a check.
Saskia D.
Saw this movie again and I decided that it deserves a higher rating! The story is a little unconventional for an anime, but that's why I like it so much.… More
Jesse Ortega
Damn fine movie, pretty much almost like Tsotsi in that these characters are looking for some sort of redemption for their past mistakes and they do through… More