Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

120 mins.
Directed by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
NR
Japanese with subtitles
2021

Run extended! Playing through Thursday, December 9.
 

  • Platform:  AmherstCinemaAtHome.org
  • Ticket price:  $12 general admission, $9 for Members
  • Watch window:  30 days to start watching, 2 days to finish once started
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An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past. Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (HAPPY HOUR, ASAKO I & II, the upcoming DRIVE MY CAR) returns with an enchanting triptych that spins mundane encounters into a world of infinite possibilities.

In Episode 1: Magic (or Something Less Assuring), a young woman is startled when she realizes that her best friend’s new flame might just be her ex; in Episode 2: Door Wide Open, a disgruntled student plots to trick his college professor, using his friend-with-benefits as bait; and in Episode 3: Once Again, a girl’s college reunion leads to an unanticipated run-in with an old friend, and awakens feelings long since forgotten.

Playfully inspired by life’s tiny miracles, and bound together by memory, regret, deception, and fate, Hamaguchi leaves no stone unturned in his quest to chart the ever-deepening mysteries of the all-too-human heart.


"The geometry of desire is elegantly plotted in WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY, a wistful, moving, outwardly unassuming movie... a perfect entry point into Hamaguchi’s work." Manohla Darfis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!