Saturday, March 7, 2020

New restoration of 2003 Satoshi Kon film Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) in Pittsburgh, March 9 and 11.

A 2020 restoration of the 2003 animated Satoshi Kon film Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) will play in Pittsburgh on March 9 and 11. From the distributor:
Tokyo Godfathers,the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new digital restoration.

On Christmas Eve, three homeless companions stumble upon a baby girl in a garbage heap. They name her Kiyoko, and vow to care for her as they track down her family. Haunted by memories of their own broken pasts and pursued by a cast of shadowy characters from Tokyo’s nightlife, Hana, Gin and Miyuki overcome their differences and learn to trust one another as a new, makeshift family. With the New Year fast approaching, the mystery behind baby Kiyoko deepens, and these unlikely heroes discover the surprising – and sometimes miraculous – connections that have brought them all together.

Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Godfathersis a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
The movie will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and Robinson. The March 9 shows are in Japanese with English subtitles and the March 11 shows are dubbed in English. Tickets are available online.