Anime Comedy Film ‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ Is Coming To America


The award-winning 2021 comedy anime ‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ is coming to North America for a limited theatrical release in the summer. GKids announced that they are partnering with Fathom Events to bring the movie to United States audiences.

“GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of multiple Academy Award-nominated animated features, announced today it will bring FORTUNE FAVORS LADY NIKUKO, the latest feature from lauded Studio 4°C (Children of the Sea, Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game, MFKZ), and esteemed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) to theaters nationwide this June,” they said on their website.


“GKIDS, continuing their partnership with Fathom Events, will hold fan preview events for FORTUNE FAVORS LADY NIKUKO playing in cinemas nationwide on Thursday, June 2, 2022. Fan preview events will be followed by a limited theatrical release by GKIDS starting June 3, 2022. In addition to the full feature, audiences will see an introduction to the film by Director Ayumu Watanabe and Creative Producer Sanma Akashiya exclusive to the Fathom Events screenings,” they continued.

‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ has won several awards including the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence” in Animation at the Fantasia International Film Festival, “Jury Award” at the Scotland Loves Animation event, “Best Animated Picture” at the Hochi Film Award, and the “Excellence Award” at the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival.

You can watch the trailer below:


GKids describes the synopsis as follows,

“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.”

The movie is based on the novel ‘Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko’ by novelist Kanako Nishi.

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