Satoshi Kon's Tokyo Godfathers Anime Film Gets Stage Play in 2021
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KON'STONE, the company of the late Satoshi Kon, announced on Wednesday that Kon's Tokyo Godfathers film is inspiring a stage play that will begin its run at the New National Theater Tokyo in May 2021. Shuntarō Fujita (Japanese version of Jersey Boyds) is directing the stage play, while Michihiro Tsuchiya (Cross Game, PriPara, ClassicaLoid) is penning the script.
The original film premiered in Japan in November 2003. Columbia Tristar opened the film in the United States in December of that year. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film on DVD in North America in 2004.
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.
GKIDS and Fathom Events screened the film in 500 U.S. theaters for two days in September 2018. The screenings earned US$420,881 at the box office. GKIDS will screen the film with a 4K restoration with a new English dub and subtitles in early 2020.