Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

  • Queensland Premiere
  • Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • Japan (2021)
  • 15+
121 min

This loosely-connected trilogy of short stories bridges romance, revenge and an unexpected reunion.

Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi demonstrates his keen sensitivity to the contradictions of human interiority across these stories. In the first chapter, a young woman discovers that her friend is falling for her ex-boyfriend. Chapter two portrays a disgruntled student’s attempt to exact vengeance on an award-winning professor, while the third story centres on a school reunion.

In the tradition of good short fiction, each of Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’s mumblecore-inspired stories has a twist in their tail. More significantly, they’re united by an affecting sense of regret, of the truth contained under layers of deception.

  • Language
  • Director
    Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • Cast
    Kotone Furukawa, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori, Fusako Urabe, Aoba Kawai, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Shouma kai
  • Screenwriter
    Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
  • Genre
    Drama, Romance

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