Drama, Romance, Short Film
Festival Award Winners

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy


Directed by: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
2021 / 121 minutes / Unclassified 15+

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A triptych of vignettes bound together by memory, coincidence and desire

Charming and unpredictable, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is the pleasingly cohesive juxtaposition of three stories with no apparent connection, describing intimate slices of life filtered through the eyes of modern Japanese women. Hamaguchi expertly guides his complex female protagonists through a path of redemption and epiphany, with emotionally authentic exchanges between the characters playing out like poetry on the screen. Meiko (Kotone Furukawa), Nao (Katsuki Mori) and Moka’s (Fusako Urabe) fully-realised identities and narratives all share a common thread, echoing themes of love and loss, desire and opportunity, emotional burden and relief. With coincidence playing a major role in all three stories, they leave viewers to ponder how the right and wrong paths taken in life are sometimes simply shaped by chance.

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 2021, Hamaguchi’s elegant and understated collection of stories captures the nuances of middle-class angst in Japan, creating a film that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize Berlin IFF 2021
Audience warning: Contains sexual references

Wednesday 17th November

Palace Barracks, Brisbane

Sunday 21st November

The Kino, Melbourne

Sunday 28th November

Palace Norton Street, Sydney

Screens in: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Director: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi

Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Katsuki Mori and Fusako Urabe

Genre: Drama, Romance, Short Film

Category: Festival Award Winners

Language(s): Japanese with English subtitles