Japan, 2022, 97 min, DCP, Dir. Ayumu Watanabe, Japanese with English subtitles, Not Rated, GKIDS
“If “Ghilbli-esque” was a phrase you could throw around to compliment a film’s animation, then Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is absolutely Ghibli-esque.” —Chris Sawin, Reel Rundown
“Packed to the brim with delicious food, engaging animation, and a powerful relationship thats fully nourished, it's a delightful drama that never ceases to tug on the heartstrings.” —Christopher Cross, Tilt Magazine
Planned and produced by Japanese comedy legend Sanma Akashiya, based on his love for the original novel by Kanako Nishi, Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama with touches of magical realism from lauded Studio 4°C (Children of the Sea, Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game, MFKZ), and esteemed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea).
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is about an unconventional family and the bonds that they share in their sleepy seaside town. Brash single mother Nikuko is well-known for her bold spirit, much to the embarrassment of Kikuko, her pensive yet imaginative daughter. In contrast to her mother, Kikuko wants nothing more than to fit in as she navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school. Life in the harbor is peaceful until a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair’s tender relationship.
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