Japanese director Satoshi Kon’s beloved Tokyo Godfathers will hit theaters once again, and the upcoming anime film’s new trailer showcases a gorgeous restoration.
Tokyo Godfathers is set In modern-day Tokyo and follows three homeless people’s lives as they are changed forever after discovering a baby girl at a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As the New Year fast approaches, these three forgotten members of society band together to solve the mystery of the abandoned child and the fate of her parents. Along the way, encounters with seemingly unrelated events and people force them to confront their own haunted pasts, as they learn to face their future, together.
Check out the English-dubbed restoration trailer for Tokyo Godfathers below:
The new English-language dub produced by GKIDS and NYAV Post features the voices of Jon Avner (Just Cause 3) as Gin, Victoria Grace (Mirai) as Miyuki and Shakina Nayfack (Transparent, Difficult People) as Hana, with Kate Bornstein, Crispin Freeman, David Manis, Jamieson Price, and Kirk Thornton.
GKIDS has distributed several anime titles such as Weathering With You and Children of the Sea, and are behind the new restoration’s theatrical presentation. GKIDS and Fathom Events have partnered to bring Tokyo Godfathers to domestic theaters in a new 4K restoration on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. local time (with English-language subtitles) and Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time (dubbed in English), in tribute to Kon 10 years after the 46-year-old filmmaker died from pancreatic cancer.
Satoshi Kon had one of the most storied (but short-lived) careers in anime. His feature films include 1997’s Perfect Blue (which is considered a major stylistic influence on Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-winning thriller Black Swan as well as Requiem For A Dream); the 2001 film Millenium Actress and the 2006 movie Paprika. As well as the 2004 TV series Paranoia Agent. Kon died working on a new film tentatively titled The Dream Machine, which he called in a 2008 interview “like a ‘road movie’ for robots.”
Blending the lines between magical surrealism and psychological trauma, Kon further established the limits that animation can push stories to unimaginable heights. For a great video essay on the late, great anime director, check out Tony Zhou’s great series Every Frame A Painting, where he explores the unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time throughout Kon’s work.
Check out Tokyo Godfathers when it hits theater mid-March, and look for it to hit Blu-ray soon after that!