Directed by Ayumu Watanabe, who created the incredible Children of the Sea (LIFF 2019), Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko is an equally wonderful new anime from Studio 4°C. Boisterous mother Nikuko and her daughter Kikuko, live on a boat in a small seaside town. Nikuko works in a restaurant and always falls for the wrong men, whilst Kikuko struggles with her burgeoning adulthood. Beautifully realised, with a nuanced handling of disability and notes of magical realism, this heartfelt film is a warm, naturalistic story of adolescence and long-held family secrets revealed.

Screening as part of Japan 2021: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema is a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network.

Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko film poster