Satoshi Kon bring Tokyo Godfathers to BAAF

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Tokyo Godfathers and director, Satoshi Kon, at the Big Apple Anime Fest

The Big Apple Anime Festival made two seperate announcements stating that Satoshi Kon's newest film, Tokyo Godfathers, will be premiered at BAAF and that the director himself would be present at the premier and at other events at BAAF.

Excerpts from Press Releases:

The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF), announced today that famed anime director Satoshi Kon has been confirmed as a Guest of Honor at BAAF 2003, taking place this Labor Day Weekend in Times Square, New York City (August 29 to 31, 2003). Mr. Kon will be appearing at various BAAF events, including the World Premiere of the English version of his latest work, Tokyo Godfathers. He will also present and discuss his other works, including Perfect Blue and Roujin Z, as part of the Satoshi Kon Retrospective to be held at this year's BAAF. As a BAAF Guest of Honor, Mr. Kon will participate in panel discussions, question and answer sessions, autograph signings, and other events taking place over the three-day weekend festival.

The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF), announced today that BAAF will host the World Premiere of Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers at BAAF 2003, in Times Square, New York City, during the Labor Day Weekend (August 29 to 31, 2003). Eagerly awaited by U.S. anime fans who made his Perfect Blue one of the best selling anime DVD's of all time, and coming on the heels of his Millennium Actress from Dreamworks, director Kon's latest film will reveal a comprehensive collection of artwork styles. According to Kon, Tokyo Godfathers represents an attempt to restore "miracles and the unexpected" to rational, logical thought processes. Produced by MadHouse, Japan's leading animation studio, the film boasts the planning of Masao Maruyama of MadHouse, the man responsible for many of the most famous anime of all time, including Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis, Record of Lodoss War, Urusei Yatsura, Cardcaptor Sakura, Trigun, and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

In Tokyo Godfathers, three homeless people - Gin, a former professional bicycle racer; Hana, a transvestite; and Miyuki, a run-away young girl - are living together in Shinjuku, Tokyo. On Christmas Eve, the three accidentally find a baby girl at a garbage dump. They head for the brighter parts of the city, where people are enjoying the holiday festivities to look for the baby's parents. Will the baby lead these three protagonists to their destiny? While the three looking for the parents, uncanny luck results in their meeting other people while continue their adventure with the baby. This small adventure lets each of the trio confront their own lives, which they almost threw away, while maintaining their dignity and happiness under unfortunate circumstances. Tokyo Godfathers reveals how a series of what appear to be insignificant events to some can become a dramatic adventure for others.

“It is such an honor to host the World Premiere of Tokyo Godfathers at BAAF in New York this Labor Day Weekend,” Ryoko Maebayashi, Liaison Manager, exclaimed. “Gin, Hana, and Miyuki will show you their unique world through your experience with their baby. The three will definitely make you believe in 'miracles and the unexpected!'"

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