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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

(Rated M)

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“A terrible coincidence isn’t it?”

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Overview

Hot on the trail of the Oscar-winning Drive My Car, writer-director Ryusuke Hamaguchi delivers a warm triptych of coincidences, misunderstandings and imaginings. A young model suspects her best friend’s new flame might be her ex, a student’s scandalous seduction attempt on a prolific professor takes an unexpected turn, a woman has a run-in reunion with an old friend, discovering she’s not the person she once was. Tales of desire and deception, love and letting go are driven by the intimate and thrillingly unpredictable power of conversation.

Winner: Silver Bear
— Berlinale 2021
“Hamaguchi writes forensically flawed female characters with empathy and unsentimental honesty”
— The Hollywood Reporter
“This trio of stories is elegant and amusing, with a delicacy of touch and real imaginative warmth”
— The Guardian
“Wistful, moving, outwardly unassuming”
— The New York Times
“A gracefully performed and expertly detailed collection of stories, revealing the delicate and unassuming magic to be found in simple conversation”
— Empire

Why You Should See This Film

A much lighter (and shorter) experience than Drive My Car, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy maintains a fascination with the tender alchemy of performance and conversation. A terrible coincidence, a failed seduction and a chance encounter with the past, each tale is guided by Hamaguchi’s signature long dialogues which hypnotise and enthral: the cast’s way with words slowly giving life to a spoken world of honest feelings and deepest secrets. Such craft makes this trio of tales from one of the finest contemporary filmmakers both tantalising and heartwarming.

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  • Year: 2021
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori, Shouma Kai, Fusako Urabe, Aoba Kawai
  • Duration: 121 minutes
  • Language: Japanese with English subtitles
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