Animated film distributor GKIDS Films has quietly announced its acquisition of the 2021 animated feature film Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko following successful international festival screenings in Scotland and South Korea.
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko is directed by Children of the Sea director Ayumu Watanabe with fellow Children of the Sea character designer and chief animation director Kenichi Konishi continuing those roles at STUDIO 4℃. Satomi Oshima adapted the novel into a screenplay. Comedian and talent Sanma Akashiya produced the film which was first released in Japan on June 11th. GKIDS describes the film:
Nikuko is a brash, jolly, scattered, and passionate woman in an otherwise sleepy seaside town in northern Japan. She’s also the single mother of 11-year-old Kikuko, who is her opposite in many ways. Kikuko is a string-bean of a young girl, pensive, quietly curious, and methodical in how she approaches life in this small harbor town. Nikuko embarrasses Kikuko as any mom of a preteen would, but Nikuko’s bold spirit makes her especially well-known in a town where Kikuko herself wants nothing more than to simply blend in. As Kikuko navigates the everyday social dramas of middle school, enhanced with touches of magical realism from her ever-present imagination, a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot the pair’s tender relationship.
Director Ayumu Watanabe has also offered comments on the acquisition:
To everyone in the United States! This is terrific news! I am very excited that this film will be shown to you all. Occasionally, I feel that I am inspired by the art that is American entertainment. I’m revealing this for the first time here, but back when Nikuko didn’t have a soundtrack or theme song, and I was planning out this film, there was a song I always listened to. I heard that a long time ago, Americans hummed this song to overcome predicaments. It’s a great story that makes you perceive the power of entertainment. It had a substantial influence on the spirit of this movie. It would be nice if that’s conveyed to you all! Many thanks to the excellent song from America, “On the Sunny Side of the Street” …”
SOURCE: GKIDS Films On Twitter
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