Tokyo Godfathers (2020 Restoration)

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Movie Info & Cast


Fathom Events and GKIDS bring Tokyo Godfathers, the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), back to theaters in a brand-new digital restoration. On Christmas Eve, three homeless companions stumble upon a baby girl in a garbage heap. They name her Kiyoko, and vow to care for her as they track down her family. Haunted by memories of their own broken pasts and pursued by a cast of shadowy characters from Tokyo’s nightlife, they overcome their differences and learn to trust one another as a new, makeshift family. With the New Year fast approaching, the mystery behind baby Kiyoko deepens, and these unlikely heroes discover the surprising connections that have brought them all 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.


  • Tôru Emori
  • Aya Okamoto
  • Yoshiaki Umegaki
  • Shôzô Îzuka
  • Seizô Katô
  • Hiroya Ishimaru
  • Ryûji Saikachi
  • Yûsaku Yara
  • Kyôko Terase
  • Mamiko Noto

Did You Know?


  • The number "12-25" (the traditional Christmas date) appears throughout the film: the number on the key, the cab fare, the stopped alarm clock, the address in the newspaper ad, the cab license plate.
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Verified Review

Phenomenal movie! The characters and scenery looked and felt so real but at the same time added just enough fantasy to make it a truly entertaining film!

Daniel M
Verified Review

Such a great movie. I wasn’t really expecting much but I loved it! It was funny and emotional at the same time. Also I got to hear Spanish in an anime movie! I love when shows and movies do that. It helps me connect with the movie a little more and I really loved it. Not to mention that this movie had my heart thumping at times. I wasn’t expecting it to have action that would have me on the edge of my seat.

Melanie M



A spellbinding piece of Japanese anime from one of the form's new masters, director-writer Satoshi Kon.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

An animated film both harrowing and heartwarming, about a story that will never, ever, be remade by Disney.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times