Satoshi Kon’s Heartfelt Masterpiece TOKYO GODFATHERS Makes Blu-ray Debut June 2, 2020 from Shout! Factory
Also Available Digitally May 19, 2020
Source: Shout! Factory press release
Special Thanks to Sarah J. De Bruin
Heartbreaking, hilarious and highly original, TOKYO GODFATHERS (東京ゴッドファーザーズ, Tōkyō Goddofāzāzu, 2003) is a humanist masterpiece from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (PERFECT BLUE, PAPRIKA). Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (COWBOY BEBOP) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, this beautiful tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds makes its Blu-ray debut June 2, 2020 as a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Restored and remastered from a 4K transfer, the release also marks the first time the film is available with an English dub in addition to the original Japanese audio track.
TOKYO GODFATHERS also includes a number of bonus features, including a new interview with English voice cast actress Shakina Nayfack (TRANSPARENT, DIFFICULT PEOPLE), featurettes about the creation of the film, Satoshi Kon’s short film OHAYO, available on disc for the first time outside of Japan, and more! Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com. Those who order directly from Shout! Factory will also receive a limited edition 18” x 24” lithograph of the cover art, while supplies last.
In modern-day Tokyo, three homeless people’s lives are changed forever when they discover 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.
Blu-ray + DVD Combo
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Run Time: 92 Minutes
Language: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Spanish
• Interview with actress Shakina Nayfack
• The Process of Animation featurette
• The Unexpected Tours featurette
• Making of TOKYO GODFATHER featurette
• Film Introduction by K.F. Watanabe, Deputy Director of Film for the Japan Society, New York City
• OHAYO, a short film by Satoshi Kon
• Art gallery
GKIDS is a producer and distributor of award-winning feature animation for both adult and family audiences. Since 2010, the company has scored an astounding 11 Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with HE SECRET OF KELLS in 2010, A CAT IN PARIS and CHICO & RITA in 2012, ERNEST & CELESTINE in 2014, THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and SONG OF THE SEA in 2015, BOY AND THE WORLD and WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE in 2016, MY LIFE AS A ZUCCHINI in 2017, THE BREADWINNER in 2018, and MIRAI in 2019. GKIDS also handles North American distribution for the famed Studio Ghibli library of films, one of the world’s most coveted animation collections with titles SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, PRINCESS MONONOKE and others. GKIDS also produces the annual LA-based film festival, ANIMATION IS FILM, which embraces the highest aspirations of animation as a cinematic art form and is a vocal advocate for filmmakers who push the boundaries of their work to the fullest range of expression of which medium is capable. For more, visit gkids.com.
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