Tokyo Godfathers: A Really Satoshi Kon Christmas!


The Facts are These:

Three homeless people Gin (An Alcoholic), Miyuki (A Runaway) and Hana (A Transvestite) are digging through the garbage on Christmas, when they find an abandoned child. Now they try to find the mother of this child, to leave the child with a happy memory of Christmas.


This movie looks amazing, it shows the world for what it is. This is a movie of coincidences, finding the baby, the mother, Miyuki’s father, the old homeless man, everything in the movie revolves around strings of fate, yet they don’t say it. The journey’s the characters go through show us more about each character’s life and what brought them to where they are now. That is not to say that the movie is just that, we see comedy, in small little areas, which can brighten up the movie during more depressing times. It is a warm and enthralling movie, where we watch these people take care and help “Their Gift From God.”

The comedy comes when you don't expect it and it works.

The comedy comes when you don’t expect it and it works.

Behind the Scenes:

The movie was produced by Studio MADHOUSE and directed by Japanese director Satoshi Kon, and co-director by Shogo Furuya, Shogo Furuya has worked on such series as Spirited Away and Millenium Actress as a Key Animator. The movie was co-written by Keiko Nobumoto, who has written the screenplay for such anime as Cowboy Bebop, Mitchiko to Hatchin, Macross Plus and is the creator of Wolf’s Rain. Here is a list of the awards it has won…



Here’s a look at the trailer for the movie.

(I don’t recommend this trailer because it shows some important scenes, but if you are not convinced with my review and need some encouragement to watch the movie then definitely watch this trailer.)


A Brief View of the World:

The movie takes place in Tokyo, Japan and it looks like it. From the scenery to the character designs. The movie shows what the world is, it can be extremely depressing, but if you push through the dark and dingy things that may pull you down you can find your own miracles.

The Dynamic Trio

The Dynamic Trio


This movie is dark, warm and captivating. This movie is an overlooked gem, not in the sense that anime fans are missing it which some are, but as a Christmas special. It is a shame that I won’t be able to see another great film by this great man again. It’s captivating and heart warming, it is truly a Christmas miracle.


It looks great, you can see the emotion on their faces.


This movie’s runtime is 1:31, which is definitely rewatchable, if anything make it a Christmas tradition to watch this with all the other Rankin/Bass specials that come on every year.


10/10 – Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas… Whatever you prefer.


A Silent Voice – For the same emotional character development.


Kemono no Soja – For the bonds of family and maturing through the hardships.



I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Studio MADHOUSE, Satoshi Kon and Shogo Furuya.


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2 Responses to Tokyo Godfathers: A Really Satoshi Kon Christmas!

  1. I actually ended up watching this film and I don’t really know what to think about it. It was a weird mixture of comedy, friendship, sadness with themes of abandonment, redemption and second chances. In some scenes, it was really sad, for an example Gin dying in an alley way as the rest of the city walks on by without any idea. Then it was followed up with the appearance of a fairy god mother.

    This was such a weird film for me and the tone kept shifting, I remember at one point two other homeless people (not Gin) give the baby back to the ‘fake mother’. They exchanged haunting talks about family, reunion and love and then boom, all of a sudden the tone and atmosphere completely changes.

    This also happens when Gin first opens up about his tragic past. Honestly I enjoyed this film, the visuals were stunning, great use of the Christmas metaphor. The young child was the modern day appropriation of Jesus, born into a cruel world where he was facing his death (Herod/Consumerism or being stolen by fake parents). The three wise men have been transformed into homeless people, who are a lot more realistic with their vices and problems.

    But I would of enjoyed it a lot more if it was either completely a light comedy about three people confronting their past united. Or a very sad film which explores the haunting consequences of past actions and how people from all walks of life can support each other.

    (Not only that, I was sort of confused by the constant shifting of the goal posts, at first the mother was a good person, then the father was bad, then the mother was mentally unstable, then the father became a homeless person… WHAT? It kind of reminded me of Baccano, what can happen, will happen).

    • dandylion13 says:

      I think the movie was perfect in the way it represented the world. As bad things can happen to good people and the other way around. The world is not completely good or bad and this movie showed this through the coincidences and the character’s pasts.

      So in that regard I think that regard the movie would not have been as good as it was or would no have been able to express the message it achieved if it was a light or dark comedy.

      I am happy that you decided to watch the movie. The confusion you feel at the end of the is somewhat of a staple for Satoshi Kon movies. They make you think and question ideals and morality.

      The film does have a Baccano! feel to it in the sense that it jumps to show the different sides of the story that are happening at that moment, though not to the extent of Baccano!

      Overall, I hoped you enjoyed the movie and had a Happy Holiday!

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