Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

A conscientious chronicler of the life of women in contemporary Japan, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi presents three loosely connected tales in which human relationships are influenced by unpredictable, fateful chance. Hamaguchi encloses the grand themes of love, revenge, and reconciliation into long, carefully written dialogues that subtly criticize the problems faced by Japanese society today.

Gûzen to sôzô
Japan 2021
  • Czech
121 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 5. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi continues his intimate dramas describing the life of women in contemporary Japan. In his new film, he has chosen to present an anthology of three compact minimalist stories, each of which is based on improbable, fateful coincidences that influence the main characters’ relationships. Although the last tale betrays a witty angle on the sci-fi motif, Hamaguchi remains faithful to his typically understated style. His low-key stories tend to follow two characters in enclosed spaces, with the drama coming mainly from long, carefully written dialogues. The film’s ordinary yet slightly disjointed situations touch subtly on a number of problems faced by contemporary society, and not just in Japan.

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Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Screenplay: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Cinematography: Yukiko Iioka
Music: Robert Schumann
Editing: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Production Design: Masato Nunobe, Hyeon-Seon Seo
Producer: Satoshi Takada
Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori, Shouma Kai, Fusako Urabe
Director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Selected filmography: Happy Hour (Happî awâ, 2015), Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo, 2018), Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Gûzen to sôzô, 2021), Drive My Car (Doraibu mai kâ, 2021).



2021 – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Jury Grand Prix)

Tokyo FILMeX

2021 – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Audience Award)

Chicago International Film Festival

2021 – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Silver Q-Hugo)

  • This film is available until 31. 5. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.