“Hamaguchi has a beautiful outlook on mistakes and the complex emotions that make up humanity, and his tenderness toward each character he brings to life makes him one of the best storytellers working today.” — Austin Chronicle
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021, 121 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English subtitles, Color, DCP)
Director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is making a surprise run for this year’s Best Picture Oscar, but it’s his other 2021 film that may provide the perfect entry point to the filmmaker’s mesmerizing films. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy is composed of three taut stories set in Tokyo about the mysteries and depths of women’s desires – a lively and intricately woven work showcasing some sparkling performances, ingenious camera placements, and quietly overwhelming storytelling.
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