GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for the critically-acclaimed animated feature Tokyo Godfathers, by director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika). GKIDS and Fathom Events will present the new restoration of Tokyo Godfathers in select movie theaters nationwide on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. (local time, English-language subtitled) and Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. (local time, English-language dubbed).
GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller Perfect Blue in 2018. At the 47th Annie Awards, Kon posthumously received ASIFA-Hollywood’s Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation.
The English language dubbed version of Tokyo Godfathers will feature the voices of Jon Avner (Just Cause 3), Victoria Grace (Mirai) and Shakina Nayfack (Transparent, Difficult People), and was produced by GKIDS and NYAV Post.
“Hana is a trans woman with a heart of gold,” said Nayfack, “I connected instantly to her faith, and her worldview is so clearly rooted in Satoshi Kon’s love for humanity. Kon was ahead of his time when he introduced Hana to the anime canon, and I’m so glad this GKIDS restoration and new English dub will give more people the chance to meet and fall in love with his beloved yet undersung heroine!”
“Satoshi Kon was a master visual storyteller, whose body of work continues to inspire ten years after his untimely passing,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS’ President. “We are grateful to play a small part in preserving his legacy with the re-release of a newly remastered Tokyo Godfathers, and look forward to bringing the film to new and returning audiences alike.”
English voice cast:
Gin – Jon Avner
Miyuki – Victoria Grace
Hana – Shakina Nayfack
Mother – Kate Bornstein
Miyuki’s Father – Crispin Freeman
Old Man – David Manis
Oota – Jamieson Price
Yasuo – Kirk Thornton
Synopsis: 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.
Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (Cowboy Bebop) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Godfathers is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.