Danny Webster’s review published on Letterboxd:
Satoshi Kon's story of homelessness, coincidence, love, family and being able to forgive is a wonderfully tying together of individual stories. Starting off, three homeless people, Gin, Hana and Miyuki as they find a baby and attempt to try and find the parents of that baby.
Each have their own sob story and are practically the lowest of low in their lives but they want to make a difference to a baby whose life is on the brink. Coincidentally named Kiyoko, the name of Gin's daughter who he claims died years ago from a disease. These coincidences spring up all the time throughout the film as does the occasional haiku, all expressed by trans-woman Hana whose previous vocation as a singer is endangered by the heckling of customers, who call her an "old fart".
Whilst still featuring the trademark blurring between fact and fiction of Satoshi Kon, Tokyo Godfathers is very much unlike his other films but by no means any less exceptional. It is a funny film about miracles of life and solidifies the late Satoshi Kon's reputation as an exceptionally talented director. It is such a shame that unfortunately he passed away due to cancer.
Hopefully soon I'll be able to buy the TV series Paranoia Agent online to get an extended viewing of Satoshi Kon's excellent mind.