Tokyo Godfathers (2003)


“I always wanted to die drunk in a nice, old house. I’m halfway there.” – Aged Man

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Jun 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Three homeless people find an abandoned baby in the trash on Christmas Eve and decide to try and find its parents.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I never had heard about beforehand and decided to watch it based on a recommendation from a fellow blogger.

I didn’t know what to expect at all and was pleasantly surprised that this movie is truly a heartwarming holiday film that does some great things with what it offers us.

The world that these characters inhabit is a very dark and dangerous one yet trough small gestures, the characters find out that it’s possible to find satisfaction in so many seemingly hopeless causes.

The three main characters in this film are developed quite well and we are able to get a very clear sense of the decisions and actions that have brought them to this point in their lives despite the fact that they all yearn for something more.

The story moves along at a nice pace and is filled with lots of small anecdotes about life that seem as if they are little coincidences yet they allow the characters to constantly find their way along in this quest.

The main message about this film is the fact that even small actions that don’t seem to have large repercussions can produce good things even if that isn’t necessary the ultimate goal.

Bottom Line – Heartwarming holiday tale that tries to show that even in a dark and dangerous word small gestures can lead to much satisfaction.  The three main characters are all developed quite well here and we get a clear sense as to what has led them to the homeless life even if they each yearn to find a normal way of life. The story is filled with many different anecdotes that seem like little coincidences yet they form a path that leads the characters on their quest. The idea of always being able to do some good even if its on a very small scale s apparent throughout this story that works quite well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is full of “12-25” (Christmas) references, including: The number on the key; the cab fare; the address in the newspaper ad; the cab license plate. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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