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Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers Gets Stage Play in 2021

Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers Gets Stage Play in 2021Master storyteller Satoshi Kon died in 2010, but his body of work continues to win acclaim and new fans around the world.

The latest Kon-related news comes from KON’STONE, the company set up to manage his works. It reports that Tokyo Godfathers, Kon’s 2003 film, will be the basis for a new stage play in 2021.

The play will be produced by New National Theatre Tokyo, and is set for May 2021.

Based on the film by Kon, it will feature a script by Michihiro Tsuchiya (ClassicaLoid, Kaikan Phrase) and direction by Shuntaro Fujita.

GKIDS acquired the North American rights for Tokyo Godfathers in 2019, and will distribute the film in theaters in 2020 in a new 4K restoration.

Here’s how GKIDS describes the film:

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.


Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.