The late and great Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers is an anime film classic perfect for Christmas. Yes, it’s not even close to being a typical Christmas film, but that’s what makes it perfect for the holidays. That contrast between the Christmas themes and the decidedly un-Christmas themes gives it the dark chocolate-like contrast that people will enjoy for the festivities. And all this in spite of the fact that this anime film is 20 years old now. Fortunately, AX Cinema Nights realizes this as well. Why else would they be planning to screen this classic anime film in theaters? All in 4K UHD to boot? Don’t believe me? Then why not check out their trailer for this classic anime film below, and see if this rather oddball tale catches your eye enough to see it in theaters?

Tokyo Godfathers in 4K: Details

You go to love that Satoshi Kon-style of realistic-ish animation.

AX Cinema Nights and Iconic Events are excited to invite Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue) fans (as well as anime fans in general) to special theatrical screenings of Tokyo Godfathers. What’s special about this screening, you might ask? Well, this particular screening is from a 4K restoration project of the anime film. All under the supervision of the original art director and producers of this anime film to boot.

So why this special screening of Tokyo Godfathers now? Well, as I pointed out: it’s been 20 years since this anime film premiered in Japanese theaters on November 8, 2003. In fact, its premiere came even earlier if you count the Big Apple Anime Fest back on August 30, 2003. This whole AX Cinema Nights screening is in fact to celebrate this anime film’s 20th anniversary, so you can see why it’s a big deal.

Tokyo Godfathers AX Cinema Nights poster.
You can already tell just from this poster that this isn’t your typical Christmas film.

This screening of Tokyo Godfathers will take place from December 11-13, 2023. The screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles for the first 2 days, and then the third day will feature an encore of your choice. You can purchase tickets right now from AX Cinema Nights.