GKIDS AND SHOUT! FACTORY PRESENT “TOKYO GODFATHERS” BLU-RAY™ AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Satoshi Kon’s Heartfelt Masterpiece Restored and Remastered
Available Digitally May 19, 2020
Available on Blu-ray™ for the First Time June 2, 2020
Heartbreaking, hilarious and highly original, Tokyo Godfathers is a humanist masterpiece from the legendary director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue). 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 include 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.
Tokyo Godfathers Bonus Features
Interview with actress Shakina Nayfack
Making of Tokyo Godfathers featurette
The Process of Animation featurette
The Unexpected Tours featurette
Film Introduction by K.F. Watanabe, Deputy Director of Film for the Japan Society, New York City
GKIDS ACQUIRES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ANIMATED FEATURE “LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST”
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FILM MARKS FIRST TIME IN CGI FOR STORIED ANIMATION FRANCHISE
GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST, a new animated feature from director/screenwriter Takashi Yamazaki (STAND BY ME DORAEMON, DRAGON QUEST: YOUR STORY). The “LUPIN THE 3RD” franchise, from original creator Monkey Punch, began in 1967 and has spanned a variety of manga, TV, game, theme park ride, and musical adaptations, including The Castle of Cagliostro (1979), the feature film debut from the acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki. GKIDS will release LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST theatrically in 2020 in both Japanese and an all-new English language dub. The deal for North American rights was negotiated by GKIDS President David Jesteadt and Sam Maseba, Director of Licensing for TMS Entertainment.
“As someone who has been a fan of Lupin III since TheCastle of Cagliostro, I was blown away by quality of animation and storytelling in LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “Director Takashi Yamazaki has taken such incredible care and detail in creating Lupin’s first adventure in CG, and I am hopeful that audiences fall in love with the film as much as I have.”
”Lupin III has been stealing hearts of audiences of all ages for over 50 years, and we’re proud to be able to present the latest evolution of the world’s greatest thief,” said TMS Entertainment, Vice President Masami Tokunaga. “We are truly excited to be collaborating with GKIDS to bring this amazing film to our fans in North America.”
The iconic “gentleman thief” Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new.
PROMARE AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD APRIL 21, 2020
GKIDS and Shout! Factory are moving PROMARE’s digital download-to-own release earlier to April 21, to give fans the ability to enjoy the film at home as soon as possible. The Blu-ray™ and DVD release date remains May 19.
The hyperkinetic, candy-colored visual masterpiece will be released on digital download and On Demand on April 21, 2020 and on Blu-ray™ + DVD combo pack and as a standalone DVD on May 19, 2020 from GKIDS and Shout! Factory. Bonus features include an interview with director Hiroyuki Imaishi, a round table with Studio TRIGGER, and Side: Galo and Side: Lio short films with new English dubs featuring the original dub cast.
“PROMARE: COMPLETE” AND “CHILDREN OF THE SEA” EVENTS POSTPONED
Given current circumstances & to ensure the health and safety of our attendees “Promare (Complete)” and “Children of the Sea” have been postponed. New event dates and ticketing info will be communicated when available. For info about refunds, please reach out to your point of purchase.
Tickets on Sale Now for STUDIO4°C’s New Animated Feature Film ‘Children of the Sea’
GKIDS and Fathom Events Bring Japanese Animated Feature to U.S. Movie Theaters on April 20 & 22
Limited Theatrical Run from GKIDS Starting April 24
Tickets are on sale now for “Children of the Sea,” the latest feature from Japan’s STUDIO4°C (known for “Tekkonkinkreet,” “MFKZ,” “Mind Game,” “Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight,” and others). Directed by Ayumu Watanabe (“Space Brothers”), featuring a score by award-winning composer and longtime Studio Ghibli collaborator Joe Hisaishi (“Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro”). The gorgeously animated “Children of the Sea” is adapted from Daisuke Igarashi’s manga of the same name, which won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival.
In addition to the full feature, audiences will view a special interview with Ayumu Watanabe and CGI director Kenichiro Akimoto.
TICKETS & SHOWTIMES
Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled)
Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. local time (dubbed in English)
These events will be followed by a limited theatrical release by GKIDS starting April 24.
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.