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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)



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

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Tokyo Godfathers, the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new restoration. 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. Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Godfathers is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

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David Manis
as Old Man
Crispin Freeman
as Miyuki's Father
Yuusaku Yara
as Miyuki's Father
Hiroya Ishimaru
as Old Homeless Man
Kyoko Terase
as Sachiko
Mamiko Noto
as Kiyoko/Gin's Daughter
Mitsuhiro Ogata
as Hidenari Ugaki
Chiyako Shibahara
as Eriko Kawasaki
Kazuaki Ito
as Akiko Takeguchi
Atsuko Ito
as Akiko Takeguchi
Atsuko Yuya
as Nobuyuki Furuta
Jun Horikawa
as Toshitaka Shimizu
Masato Harada
as Youto Kazama
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Critic Reviews for Tokyo Godfathers

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (30)

A modern animé classic fit for rediscovery by both adults and kids-not to mention a stirring celebration of inclusivity that remains ahead of its time.

February 2, 2021 | Full Review…

Tokyo Godfathers stands as an excellent anime film and a really fun Christmas movie.

December 28, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

December 9, 2013

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

December 9, 2013 | Full Review…

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

February 17, 2012 | Full Review…

Takes anime to a whole new level.

September 7, 2008 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Tokyo Godfathers

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 Tokyo, and their search to find her mother. The characters didn't appeal to me, their pasts and how they became homeless didn't endear them to me, and the art style and animation did nothing for me. I guess I just prefer fantasy or sci-fi flavored animation more. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish this if I hadn't told the person who recommended it to me that I'd watch it. Perhaps others will enjoy this more than I did. Tokyo Godfathers makes a genuine effort to tell a heartfelt and touching story, it just wasn't a story that I could bring myself to care about.

Lewis C.
Lewis C.

Super Reviewer


A "delightful" little Christams story. Beats the hell out of that horrible "It's A Wonderful Life".

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer


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. It's a perfect combination of humor and drama, and boy is it funny! Hana is definitely my favorite character, it's how he/she talks, walks and looks. And I guarantee you, even if you're not a fan of anime, you're gonna enjoy this and have a good laugh n_n It's beautifully animated, the details, the facial expressions, the colors, the lighting, everything. Love it love it love it!!!!

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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