GKIDS, producer and distributor of animation for adults and families, announced that they have acquired the North American distribution rights for Fortune favors Lady Nikuko (Gyoko and Nikuko-chan).
Produced by Japanese comedy legend Sanma Akashiya, this is a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Kanako Nishi. The film is the next collaboration between GKIDS, STUDIO 4 ° C and director Ayumu Wantanabe. GKIDS plans to release the animated feature in theatrical time early next year.
“We are excited to work with director Ayumu Watanabe and creative producer Sanma Akashiya on a film that fully demonstrates their unique artistry and talents,” said GKIDS President David Jesteadt. “Fortune favors Lady Nikuko “is a big-hearted coming-of-age story with unforgettable characters and a gripping mix of comedy and drama that will surely leave an impact on audiences here next year.”
Fortune favors Lady Nikuko follows the life of the loud and noisy single mother Nikuko and her quiet daughter Kikuko, whose otherwise quiet life in a small coastal village is often disturbed by her mother’s comic jokes.
In celebration of the announcement, Director Ayumu Watanabe stated:
“To everyone in the United States! This is great news! I’m very excited that this movie will be shown to all of you. Sometimes I feel like I’m inspired by the art of American entertainment,” Wantanabe said. “It’s a great story that makes you realize the power of entertainment. It had a significant impact on the spirit of this film. It would be nice if it was communicated to all of you!”
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