‘Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’ by Hamaguchi Ryūsuke
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Following the screening of the multi-award-winning film Drive My Car, now the first Japanese film to be nominated for Best Picture at 2022 Academy Awards, Japan House London continues to explore the filmography of Hamaguchi Ryūsuke, a prominent figure in contemporary Japanese cinema by offering a free screening of Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021).
An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding: Meiko is startled when she realises that the man who her best friend has feelings for is her ex; Sasaki plots to trick his college professor out of revenge, while Natsuko encounters a woman who seems to be someone from her past, leading the two to confess the feelings they have harboured in their hearts. Stories about the complexities of relationships, told through coincidences that happen in the lives of women in love.
Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival in 2021, this film follows three delicate short stories on the unexpected connections and the wrong – or right – turnings that can alter the course of a life path. Despite not being connected to each other, the three narratives all encompass the universal feelings of fate, identity, desire, and longing.
Please note that this film is considered appropriate for an audience of 15 years old and over.