||[Feb. 28th, 2004|01:27 am]
한국 사람이 아니다
|||||none yet...I was too busy writing to put anything on||]|
Tokyo Godfathers is anime. But it doesn't need to be. It could have been made with live actors.
At times, you almost forget it wasn't.
Three homeless people, Hana (a drag queen), Gin (an alcoholic) and Miyuki (a runaway) find a baby in a trash pile on Christmas Eve. They name her Kiyoko and, using things found near the baby as clues, set out into modern Tokyo to track down her family...and discover more than they bargained for. It's fascinating to watch the characters develop, unfold, reveal their secrets as you watch the movie. I wish I had been to Tokyo, because I have no idea if this animated Tokyo looks at all like the real thing, but I imagine that it does.
There are fights. There are thrilling chase scenes. There's comedy. Miyuki even eats musubi. It's one of the best-acted movies I've seen, and yet, there are no actors.
It's a brilliant film, even though it's "just a cartoon."