Satoshi Kon’s ‘Tokyo Godfathers’ Receives 4K Restoration, Theatrical Re-Release, and Stage Play Adaptation

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced it has acquired North American theatrical and home entertainment distribution rights for the critically-acclaimed animated feature Tokyo Godfathers, by director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika). GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller Perfect Blue in 2018, and ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced that Kon would posthumously receive their Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation. GKIDS will release a new 4K restoration of Tokyo Godfathers on Monday, March 9 at 7:00PM (with English-language subtitles) and Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00PM (dubbed in English). Fathom Events will begin the sale of event tickets online at the end of January.

In addition, a new stage play based on Tokyo Godfathers has just been announced by the New National Theatre, Tokyo, to be performed during the theater’s 2020-21 season.

“Satoshi Kon remains one of the animated medium’s most celebrated and visionary storytellers,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “With the re-release of Tokyo Godfathers, a timely work of deep humanism and beauty, we are proud to play a part in sharing his legacy with audiences old and new.”

Satoshi Kon, a prominent director of Japanese animation, died on August 24, 2010 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 46. He made an impression as an artist in the mid-90s with the creation of the manga series Opus, which was published in Japan by Tokuma Shoten with an English translation by Dark Horse Comics. It was not until the late 1990’s that Kon made his directorial debut with the psychological thriller Perfect Blue, which was followed by his sophomore debut with Millennium Actress. Following such groundbreaking work in the world of animated films, Kon followed up with two more animated films Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika.

SYNOPSIS, Tokyo Godfathers: 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’ promotional trailer

Source: GKIDS, PR Newsire.

The Return of the Four Oscar Categories; the Academy Claims ‘Backsies’

After the original announced plan to relegate four popular Oscar categories to be awarded during the televised commercial breaks, the decision has been formally reversed by the Academy on Friday evening after a tremendous backlash it received from its members. In a report from Variety, all 24 categories will be announced live during the televised broadcast, including across all available streaming services who are authorized to carry the video feed of the ceremony.

A formal statement was issued by the organization and posted on their website:

The Academy has heard the feedback from its membership regarding the Oscar presentation of four awards – Cinematography, Film Editing, Live Action Short, and Makeup and Hairstyling. All Academy Awards will be presented without edits, in our traditional format. We look forward to Oscar Sunday, February 24.

— Officers of the Board of Governors, The Academy.

These decisions made by the organization have all been with the intended goal to maintain a three hour long televised program; which has been the subject of jokes over the last several years. The original intention to move four of the categories over to a television commercial break, along with the still standing decision not to hire a replacement host after Kevin Hart chose to step down from the role last December, are all steps the organization has taken to cut down any excessive time in order to meet the goal of a three hour long program.

The live television broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air on all ABC affiliates in the United States on Sunday, February 24th at 8PM Eastern / 5PM Pacific.

Oscars 2019: Four Categories Will Take a Back Seat During Ceremony Presentation

Please remember these four categories if you happen to be watching the Academy Awards ceremony on television this year: Makeup & Hair Styling, Cinematography, Film Editing, and Live Action Short. According to the memo written and distributed by the Academy’s president, John Bailey, the announced winners for each category will only occur during the commercial breaks for the linear televised broadcast and then aired as a previously recorded segment later in the broadcast. He then continues on further in hist written statement with the following:

And, with the help of our partners at ABC, we also will stream these four award presentations online for our global fans to enjoy, live, along with our audience. Fans will be able to watch on and on the Academy’s social channels. The live stream is a first for our show, and will help further awareness and promotion of these award categories.

— John Bailey, Academy President.

Based upon the verbiage in the memo, I would presume those outside of the United States will see an uninterrupted (or semi-limited) feed online, whereas American viewers might be subjected to commercials regardless if they are viewing the linear television or the online streaming feed.

It is worth noting, John Bailey is a professional movie cinematographer who has worked on such films as Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire and Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado, among numerous other films. It seems worth noting since Best Cinematography is one of the four categories that will be shown a back seat at the ceremony this year. He has won award recognition for his work, but none of them are an Oscar award issued from the Academy.

The announcement of the 91st Oscar Nominations

The live television broadcast of the 91st annual Academy Awards ceremony will air on all ABC affiliates in the United States on Sunday, February 24th at 8PM Eastern / 5PM Pacific.

Source: Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

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