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Tokyo Godfathers

Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ, Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu) is a 2003 Japanese animated tragicomedy adventure film written and directed by Satoshi Kon. The film is the 3rd film that Satoshi Kon directed, and the 2nd film that he both wrote and directed. Unlike the previous two, this one stars live-action actors such as Toru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, and Aya Okamoto as the lead voice actors. Kon was inspired by the 1948 American film 3 Godfathers to make the film. At first glance, it is a simple comedy, and unusually for Satoshi Kon, it has no fantasy elements and is closer to the real world. However, as is typical of him, he has various devices in the film that are not straightforward, and he himself calls it a twisted sentimental story.

The film was released in Japan on November 8, 2003, and in North America on January 16, 2004. It won the Excellence Award at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival and Best Animation Film at the 58th Mainichi Film Awards.

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