The fourth film from Quentin Tarantino may be getting the most attention today, but the third film from director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress) is also out on DVD today. The critically acclaimed Tokyo Godfathers received a limited U.S. theatrical release but Columbia Tristar Home Ent. is hoping it finds a wider audience on disc.
Tokyo Godfathers is a Capra-esque urban fable about human decency among the down-and-out. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Tokyo where three homeless people–an alcoholic, a drag queen and a teenage runaway–discover an abandoned baby in a pile of garbage. Rather than turn the infant over to the police, the trio decide instead to embark on an exciting journey to find the baby’s parents themselves.
Produced by world-renowned animation studio Mad House (X, Vampire Hunter D, Ninja Scroll), Tokyo Godfathers is available as a single disc widescreen DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.96. Bonus features include an exclusive making-of featurette, trailers and a freestanding Satoshi Kon character illustration postcard. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 91 minutes.
Kon is a two-time Fanta-Asia Film Festival winner (Best Asian Film, Perfect Blue, 1997; Best Animation Film, Millennium Actress, 2001) and was nominated for directing and writing kudos at the 2003 Annie Awards for his work on Millennium Actress.