Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tokyo Godfathers

Not a series, but a movie, Tokyo Godfathers is from the same man that brought us such classics as Paranoia Agent, Millenium Actress, and Paprika. though Satoshi Kon is now sadly dead, his work lives on in those gorgeous epics and this cozy piece about a group of 3 homeless chums who find an abandoned newborn on Christmas. the eldest, Gin, says they should take it to the police. the youngest, Miyuki, agrees somewhat, but the middle, Hana, wants to fulfill his dream of being a mother, while at the same time try to give some comfort to the little girl, who they call Kiyoko ("pure child", for "the purest day of the year"), so Christmas won't be regarded as her worst day of the year. with the child is a key to a train station locker, which sets the trio on one of the craziest adventures of their lives as they learn about life, love, and what it means to be a family.
If you like cats, sooner or later you'll end up a crazy cat lady.
Tokyo Godfathers is done in a more realistic style than most anime i've seen. it retains that uniquely anime feel about it, perhaps due to larger eyes than realism, but all the same it has an air not seen in other anime movies such as Studio Ghibli films or the works of Hosoda Mamoru (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time). most of the scenes take place at night, and all of it is set in Tokyo, casting a cold-yet-warm glow over everything that makes it all look like a watercolour painting. the neon-tinted landscape is speckled with snow and unique characters, from the forgiving taxi driver to Hana's drag mother. through it all they are running, yelling, chasing, and hiding till they find Kiyoko's mother, to the crazy, brash soundtrack

Don't lean your head out at speeds like this unless you have experience! Take it from me, someone who does!
Tokyo Godfathers might be too mature for kids, so projected audience here is 12 and over (ideally 15 and over). the movie can be a little surreal at times, so don't take anything too literally/seriously. however, if you want a christmasy movie that isn't Home Alone 2, this is a great alternative.
Might be a Japanese Christmas, but it's still Christmas.
Tokyo Godfathers is available to torrent via google search, and is licensed by Destination Films in the US.

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