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.”
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.
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.
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.