Japan, 2003, 92 min, 35mm, Dir. Satoshi Kon, Rated PG-13, Japanese with English Subtitles, Sony Pictures
"Tokyo Godfathers takes anime to a whole new level." – Ken Eisner, Variety
Inspired by the John Ford western Three Godfathers, Satoshi Kon's third feature follows three vagabonds on the streets of Tokyo who discover an abandoned baby while dumpster diving on Christmas Eve. Taking narrative and character cues from classic Hollywood, Kon shines a light on the compassion inherent in all of humanity harkening back to the films of Frank Capra and Charlie Chaplin. There's no shortage of visual beauty on display as is de rigueur for this short lived auteur with dancing buildings, dazzling lights, and drizzling snow. With a script co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop), we find the ragtag, reluctant family running into a slew of unique characters that color the world of the slightly off kilter big city. In his penultimate film, Satoshi Kon seamlessly blends whimsy and pathos for a stirring and sweet tale. Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Manohla Dargis extolled the virtues of the film saying, "Beauty and storytelling combine to give the film a sting so human you can forget you're watching a cartoon."
As a follow-up to our MIYAZAKI! Ghibli's Master of Japanese Animation festival last summer, this year we're expanding to the best the medium has to offer with a new festival, Anime: Japanese Gems taking place June 24-30, 2016.
For the hardcore fans, an $80 festival pass will be available that grants admission to all films.
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