Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Satoshi Kon|
|Story by||Satoshi Kon|
|Music by||Keiichi Suzuki|
|Edited by||Takeshi Seyama|
|Distributed by||Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Tokyo Godfathers was Kon's third animated movie, which he wrote and directed. Keiko Nobumoto, noted for being the creator of the Wolf's Rain series and a head scriptwriter for Cowboy Bebop, co-wrote the script with Kon.
One Christmas Eve in present day Tokyo, three homeless people — Gin (ギン?), a middle-aged alcoholic, Hana (ハナ?), a trans woman and former drag queen, and Miyuki (ミユキ?), a runaway girl — discover an abandoned newborn while searching through some trash. Deposited with the unnamed baby is a note asking the finder to take good care of her and a bag containing clues to the parent's identity. The trio sets out to find the baby's parents. The baby is named Kiyoko (清子?), literally meaning "pure child" as she is born on Christmas Eve.
Outside a cemetery, the group encounters a high-ranking yakuza man trapped under his car. The man happens to know the owner of the club Kiyoko's mother used to visit; he is getting married to the man's daughter. At the wedding, the groom tells them that the baby's mother is a former club member named Sachiko. He gives them Sachiko's address, but the party is interrupted when a maid is revealed to be a Latin American hit man in disguise, attempting to shoot the bride's father with a Tokarev TT-33. The hit man kidnaps Miyuki and the baby and takes them back to his home. There, Miyuki befriends the hit man's wife and shows her some pictures of her family.
Hana searches for Miyuki and Kiyoko while Gin takes care of an old homeless man whom he finds dying in the street. The old man dies after giving Gin a little red bag. Some teenagers show up to beat Gin and the deceased old man. Meanwhile, Hana finds the girls and they go off to find a place to stay.
Hana takes them to a club she used to work at. Gin, who was found by another member of the club, is also there. The trio sets out to find Sachiko's house. They're informed of the unhappy marriage Sachiko shares with her husband. The group rests at a store until they are told to leave by the shopkeeper. Hana collapses and is taken to a hospital. At the hospital, Gin finds his daughter who works as a nurse. Hana humiliates Gin in front of his daughter and storms out of the hospital. Miyuki follows with Kiyoko.
Hana and Miyuki find Sachiko about to jump off a bridge. Sachiko insists that her husband got rid of the baby without her knowledge, and they return it to her. Meanwhile, Gin finds Sachiko's husband, who reveals that Kiyoko is actually a baby that Sachiko stole from the hospital. The chase for Sachiko and the baby begins. After an intense car chase through the city, Miyuki follows Sachiko as she escapes to the top of a building, where Sachiko reveals she became pregnant, thinking it would bring her closer to her husband. When the baby was stillborn, she decided to kidnap Kiyoko from the hospital, thinking, in her grief, the baby was hers. Sachiko tries to jump off the building, but her husband comes out of his apartment (just across the street) and encourages her to start a new life. Sachiko jumps off nevertheless and Miyuki catches her but Sachiko accidentally drops the baby off of the building. Hana jumps after Kiyoko. She catches the baby and miraculously lands safely.
Hana, Miyuki, and Gin are taken to the hospital. Miyuki hands Gin his cigarettes and drops the old man's small red bag on the floor, revealing a winning lottery ticket. Kiyoko's real parents want to ask the trio to become her godparents. When a police inspector introduces them to the trio, the inspector is revealed to be Miyuki's father.
- Tōru Emori as Gin
- Yoshiaki Umegaki as Hana
- Aya Okamoto as Miyuki
- Satomi Kōrogi as Kiyoko
- Shōzō Iizuka as Ōta
- Seizō Katō as Mother
- Hiroya Ishimaru as Yasuo
- Ryūji Saikachi as The Old Man
- Yūsaku Yara as Miyuki's father
- Kyōko Terase as Sachiko
- Mamiko Noto as Kiyoko
- Akio Ōtsuka as The Doctor
- Rikiya Koyama as The Groom
- Inuko Inuyama as Kurumizawa
- Kanako Yahara as Yamanōchi
- Rie Shibata as Nekobaba
- Kōichi Yamadera as The Taxi Driver
Additional voices by Hidenari Umezu, Mitsuru Ogata, Eriko Kawasaki, Chiyako Shibahara, Akiko Takeguchi, Kazuaki Itō, Nobuyuki Furuta, Atsuko Yuya, Toshitaka Shimizu, Bin Horikawa, Yūto Kazama, Masao Harada, Tsuguo Mogami, Yoshinori Sonobe, and Akiko Kawase
The movie puts an emphasis on the theme of "coincidences". Movie critic George Peluranee notes that "Tokyo Godfathers is a film that shows the small yet significant ties that each of us have with supposed strangers, and tells well the story of miracles, family, love, and forgiveness"
- Tokyo Godfathers (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Tokyo Godfathers at the Internet Movie Database
- Tokyo Godfathers at AllMovie
- "東京ゴッドファーザーズ (Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-21.