Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

  • Friday August 12, 2022 5:00 PM

When you’re a middle school student, all you want is to be normal and fit in. But 11-year-old schoolgirl Kikuko is burdened with a loud, boisterous, and very overweight single mother, Nikuko, who seems to live to embarrass her daughter. This wonderful comedy-drama is a slice-of-life film exploring the alternately loving and difficult relationships between a single parent and a preteen child. From director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO 4°C (Tekkonkinkreet, Mind Game). 

Not rated; 97 minutes; Japanese with English subtitles 


Join us as we celebrate the Japanese anime genre -- films that are visually stunning and imaginative, with poetic stories that will pull at your heartstrings. We are excited to screen several recent releases, including the US premiere of Inu-Oh. The Modern Shop will have Japanese-inspired snacks and exclusive merchandise for purchase. 
Anime otakus will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience at the Modern! 

While you’re visiting, browse the galleries and view the Women Painting Women exhibition. Make plans to enjoy some delightful eats at Café Modern before the film. 

All screenings will be held in the Modern's auditorium. Tickets are $10; $8 for Modern members; and $7 for Reel People members. Cinematics who are enjoying the weekend’s entire selection of films will receive a discount for pre-purchasing all of their tickets together. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 19. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at or by visiting the museum’s admission desk.  

All films feature introductions by Dr. Marc Hairston, with Dr. Christine Veras joining him for the showing of Inu-Oh.

Friday, August 12 

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

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