Tokyo Godfathers Blu-ray/DVD

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About Tokyo Godfathers Blu-ray/DVD

Tokyo Godfathers is an anime film directed by Satoshi Kon and Shogo Furuya.

In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together.

Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Godfathers is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.


  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitle Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Themes: Slice of Life
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Run Time: 92
  • Year Created: 2003
  • Release Date: 6/2/2020
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

Ratings & Reviews

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Hilariously funny and moving, with a terrific dub to boot.


Alternatingly crazy, hilarious, and touching all in one, TOKYO GODFATHERS is also a surprisingly thoughtful study of homeless people. It could also very well be one of the late Satoshi Kon's most lighthearted films he ever made. If you found PERFECT BLUE tough to sit through,this is a much easier experience. As mentioned, there is plenty of humor in this story, as well as an impeccably staged climactic chase that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The end credits song, set to Beethoven's 9th, is a riot as well. It really is a shame that Mr. Kon's career was cut short, as this is yet another winner from him. Why it took 17 years for this movie to be dubbed is beyond me, but luckily the wait was worth it. Produced by the reliable folks at NYAV Post, this one features terrific performances by Shakina Nayfack, Jon Avner, and Victoria Grace, all of who infuse their characters with such a contagious energy that it's hard not to be engaged with them.

TERRIBLE dub for a fine film.


Watching a movie by Satoshi Kon dubbed is truly the wrong way to go about doing it because the director never liked dubs for his movies, and considering how bad dubs truly are, it is for the better if they don't exist at all.

On that level, TOKYO GODFATHERS' new dub is absolutely horrible and fails desperately to do any justice to the far superior Japanese voice actors. Everyone involved sounds flat and shrill, and obviously come across as though they're reading lines. It's that horrible. A previous dub by Odex is at the very least far more tolerable and GKIDS should have offered that version instead of this ghastly new dub. Seriously, DON'T watch this dubbed, only in Japanese. They bring REAL nuance and emotion. The new dub cast simply can't. End of story.

One of Kon's best films! Excellent redub, too!


First of all, I absolutely love this movie. It's heartfelt and nuanced, but also hysterically funny. As much as I love Kon's films, this is one of my favorites from him. That it backs off from the sometimes maddening but still effective shifting from different scenes from films like PERFECT BLUE and PAPRIKA also makes it his most accessible.

I only saw a little bit of the old Odex dub back then, and honestly, it's pretty rough to listen to. This newer version is far superior overall, and arguably benefits strongly from casting a real-life transvestite for the role of Hana, Shakina Nayfack, who brings real heart to her character. I still prefer the Japanese version, but either version of this movie will suffice. GKIDS offers a fine BD for this film, too -- it looks fantastic in HD and features great extras.

Instantly Became One of My Favorite Christmas Movies

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This was a bit of a gamble for me, I bought this movie knowing basically nothing more than the blurb from the back of the box. And boy howdy, did that gamble pay off.
Like the synopsis says, Tokyo Godfathers follows 3 homeless people who discover a baby girl abandoned in the snow on Christmas, and their quest to find out where she belongs. That quest is very much the heart of the movie, but it's also dexterously and cleverly intertwined with the stories of the struggles of the titular "godfathers" and how they wound up where they are. The film does a fantastic job of giving you enough information to keep you intrigued and paying attention without spelling everything out, and there were moments I was literally on the edge of my seat, holding my breath waiting to see how events played out.