Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko
From acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game) comes a heartwarming and moving comedy-drama with touches of magical realism. 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.
Why We Love It
“Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a heartfelt and genuinely moving portrait of a mother-daughter relationship which knows how to balance humor with pathos. […] The creative team uses stunning animation to bring this gentle story to life replete with allusions to the artform which are sure to keep fans grinning. We are now at a place where we are eagerly anticipating every new project Ayumu Watanabe is involved in. Shout! Factory has released a Blu-Ray with a stunning A/V presentation and a surprising amount of special features. If you enjoy character-focused anime films, do not pass this one up. Highly Recommended” – Dillon Gonzales, Geek Vibes Nation
“An excellent family film beautifully animated that the whole family can watch. It is gorgeously rendered on Blu-ray from GKIDS and Shout! Factory and receives the highest recommendation.” – Brandon Duhamel, TheaterByte
“Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is a stunning animated tale that’s full of beautiful drawings, comic moments and heartbreaking revelations. […] Director Ayumu Watanabe had made a splash two years ago with Children of the Sea and now he’s gone beyond it.” – Joe Corey, Inside Pulse
"Consistently funny, endearingly bonkers and exquisitely made" – Chris Perkins, Animation for Adults
Bonus Features for Blu-ray/DVD
- Making Of
- Film Completion Press Conference
- Official Premiere Event
- Sanma Akashiya Birthday Event
- Guest Speaker Event