Archive of films Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy / Gûzen to sôzô

2021, 121 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

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.


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.

Aleš Stuchlý

About the director

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (1978, Kanagawa, Japan). 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).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Screenplay: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Dir. of Photography: Yukiko Iioka
Music: Robert Schumann
Editor: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Producer: Satoshi Takata
Production: Neopa Inc., Fictive LLC
Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori, Shouma Kai, Fusako Urabe
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