Created and directed by Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue), who passed away earlier this year.
The story follows three homeless people, cross-dresser Hana, old man Gin and teenager runaway Miyuki during Christmas Even and Christmas Day. They find an abandoned newborn baby girl in the trash and decide to return it themselves to her mother, against their better judgement to take it to a police station.
As they search for clues and follow instructions and rumours in the big, chaotic city of Tokyo, the story of each one of them is revealed and what drove them to live in the streets. As the movie progresses, this film slowly becomes a comedy of errors, along with instances of black comedy that makes you feel light-hearted, even when you see that these three people “have no fate under the sun”, as the saying in my country goes.
I do not dare to spoil you the ending, but I can tell you this: you will laugh, you will cry and you will experience a film that presents the value of family love and that it truly means to be a family with no pretentiousness or exaggeration. The characters are all human and dear, the animation wonderful and the directing, bless Mr. Kon, always leaves an impact.
It’s the perfect movie for these holidays. Put it in you player, gather you family and have a wonderful time see the adventures of three bums who try to find the family of the little baby girl.