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Satoshi Kon’s ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ Debuts May 19 on Digital

Restored and remastered from 4K transfer, late director’s tale of the mystery surrounding an abandoned child will also be available June 2 on Blue-ray and DVD combo pack with special bonus features.

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced the May 19 digital release of Tokyo Godfathers, followed by the June 2 release on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. Directed by the late Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paprika, Perfect Blue), posthumously honored this January with the Winsor McCay Award by ASIFA Hollywood, and co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop), the film features a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki. 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. Bonus features include an interview with English voice cast actress Shakina Nayfack (Transparent, Difficult People), featurettes about the creation of the film, and Kon’s short film Ohayo, available on disc for the first time outside of Japan.

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.

Tokyo Godfathers Bonus Features:

  • Interview with actress Shakina Nayfack
  • The Process of Animation featurette
  • The Unexpected Tours featurette
  • Making of Tokyo Godfathers 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
  • Trailers

Copies are available for preorder nowthose ordering directly from Shout! Factory will also receive a limited edition 18” x 24” lithograph of the cover art, while supplies last.

Source: Shout! Factory