Tokyo Godfathers

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By Satoshi Kon, Tokyo Godfathers shows three homeless misfits–a gambler, who’s lost his family, a transvestite and a runaway teen–who discover an abandoned baby. These outsiders, though flawed and somewhat to blame for their situation, come to get the audience’s sympathy and respect. They bicker as they seek the baby’s parents, which is a wild odyssey full of surprises against a gritty backdrop I rarely see in Japanese films.

The misfits have interesting backstories and as the story progresses they are forced to come to terms with their mistakes and history. They lead us through Japan’s shadier sides and the artwork is realistic.

Unlike the other Kon films I’ve seen this one sticks to the story with no departures into the character’s subconsciouses. Tokyo Godfathers/em> is a film I’d watch again and again.

Sepia Saturday

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Ginny & Bob – August 27, 1960

Each week the folks at Sepia Saturday choose a theme for people to post on. This week’s theme is “Love and Marriage.” and it just so happens that it’s my parents’ (above) wedding anniversary. Below I’ve posted public domain photos, dost of which had little in terms of metadata i.e. descriptions. Still they caught my attention.

If you’d like to see more nostalgic wedding photos, head over to Sepia Saturday.

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Edith Cowan the 1st female member of Australia’s parliament (1921)

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