Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Film Movement
121 Minutes
Drama, Romance, Asian
Women's Studies, Asian Studies
Not Rated
DVD $150.00
PPR $350.00
DRL $499.00
PPR+DRL $599.00

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An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding.

Meiko is startled when she realizes that the man who her best friend starts to have feelings for, is her ex; Sasaki plots to trick his college professor out of revenge, using his class-friend-with-benefits Nao, while Natsuko encounters a woman who seems to be someone from her past, leading the two to confess the feelings they have harbored in their hearts - stories about the complexities of relationships, told through coincidences that happen in the lives of women in love.

DVD Features

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "A playful triptych of self-contained vignettes... wonderfully beguiling.... "
    David Erhlich, IndieWire
  • Highest Rating
    "It is a stunning production, from the precision of Hamaguchi’s script and direction, the fine performances, and Yukiko Iioka’s gorgeous camerawork, to Fuminori Usui’s everyday costuming, the bright colors and natural light, and the gently lilting score. It’s an overwhelming film, amongst the best of the year, and a beautiful reminder of all the lives being lived in spite of our oddly lifeless time."
    Rory O'Connor, The Film Stage
  • Highest Rating
    "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is full of understated, melancholy poetry. ...emotionally authentic and consistently absorbing. Hamaguchi writes forensically flawed female characters with empathy and unsentimental honesty, ably assisted by his strong ensemble cast. Fragrant bursts of light classical piano music link these three stories, lending a timelessly Rohmer-ish ambience to their rueful ruminations on love, loss and longing."
    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "This trio of stories is elegant and amusing, with a delicacy of touch and real imaginative warmth."
    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • Highest Rating
    "[T]he situations he conjures, probes and plays with in this film are a joy to watch unfold."
    Matt Turner, Little White Lies
  • Highest Rating
    "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is another aching, beautiful film from Hamaguchi, and plays like the visualization of an obscure literary collection begging for rediscovery."
    Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema
  • Highest Rating
    "Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's film is an alternately scathing, erotic, terrifying, and affirming fable of the primordial power of storytelling."
    Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
  • Highest Rating
    "Delicately written and deeply thought-provoking, Hamaguchi's anthology feels like it's been adapted from a novel, such is the exquisite nature of the characterisation."
    James Mottram, South China Morning Post
  • Highest Rating
    "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is a gorgeous trifecta of human connections that deserves to be seen for its extraordinary simplicity and varying perspectives. Don’t miss it."
    Shashwat Sisodiya , High On Films
  • Highest Rating
    "{F]resh and original, and – above all – sociologically sharp. "
    Mateusz Tarwacki, Eye For Film
  • Highest Rating
    "“Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” highlights once more, its filmmaker’s intimate knowledge of the human psyche, and the rather original and intelligent cinematic way he has come up with in order to present its various aspects."
    Panos Kotzathanasis, Asian Movie Pulse
  • Highest Rating
    "Three lovelorn episodes about “coincidence and imagination”, as described by writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, comprise this wondrous, searching and loquacious film. Hamaguchi has spoken of his debt to Éric Rohmer, and, akin to that filmmaker’s work, there’s plenty of prose and dialogue to absorb across these thematically twined tales, elegantly rendered by artful camera placements and sly, disorienting shot selection."
    Joseph Owen, The Upcoming


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