Japanese anime classic returns to theaters later this year.

By Joey Nolfi
January 31, 2020 at 10:19 AM EST

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Francis Ford Coppola is shaking, because not one, not two, but three Tokyo Godfathers are returning to the big screen.

Ten years after his death, Japanese director Satoshi Kon’s beloved film will hit theaters once again, and the upcoming project’s new trailer (above) teases a gorgeous restoration of the 2003 classic.

The film follows a trio of homeless Tokyo drifters whose lives drastically alter when they discover a baby girl abandoned in a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. Working together, they attempt to locate the girl’s origins and the fate of her parents, though the journey ultimately forces them to look inward and confront their own personal demons (and troubled pasts) as well.

Animation distributor GKIDS — the distributor behind several Oscar-nominated titles like Mirai and When Marnie Was Here — and Fathom Events have partnered to bring Tokyo Godfathers to domestic theaters in a new 4K restoration on Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. local time (with English-language subtitles) and Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time (dubbed in English), in tribute to Kon 10 years after the 46-year-old filmmaker died from pancreatic cancer in 2010.

In addition to Tokyo Godfathers, Kon’s celebrated filmography includes 1997’s Perfect Blue (which is considered a major stylistic influence on Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar-winning thriller Black Swan), the 2004 series Paranoia Agent, and the 2006 movie Paprika.

A Tokyo Godfathers stage production is currently in development for a planned debut at the New National Theatre in Tokyo during the 2020-2021 season, while Kon posthumously received the Winsor McCay Award at the 2020 Annie Awards ceremony.

Watch the new trailer for Tokyo Godfathers above. Tickets are available on the film’s official website and at participating theater box offices.

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