Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi Run Time: 121 min. Release Year: 2021 Language: Japanese

Starring: Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Katsuki Mori, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Kotone Furukawa

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese


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About the film:

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival. An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding are the three episodes, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

About the filmmaker:

Japanese writer and director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi studied film at Tokyo University of the Arts. He directed the feature films The DepthsIntimaciesHappy Hour, and Asako I & II, and co-directed a series of documentaries with Ko Sakai called “The Tohoku Trilogy” on the survivors of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Hamaguchi co-wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s period thriller Wife of a Spy, winner of the best director prize at Venice in 2020. In 2021, he earned Best Screenplay, the FIPRESCI Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for Drive My Car, opening at the Film Center in January.

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