Melodramas (Motion pictures) Animated films. Feature films. Comedy films. Video recordings for the hearing impaired. Motion pictures, Japanese.
Japanese dialogue; optional English, French, Portuguese or Spanish subtitles. Closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.
DVD, NTSC, Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1.
The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku prefecture, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents.
Director of photography, Sugai Katsutoshi; animation director, Konishi Kenʼichi; art director, Ike Nobutaka; editor, Seyama Takeshi; music, Suzuki Keiichi character designer, Kon Satoshi, Konishi Kenʼichi.
Videodisc release of the motion picture produced in 2003. Special features: animax making of featurette; original theatrical trailer. Aspect ratio 1.85:1.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Jacobs Family Cinema Studies Fund.