Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy



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.

  • International Title: WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY
  • Original Title: GUZEN TO SOZO (偶然と想像)
  • Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Year: 2021
  • Country: Japan
  • Genre: Drama
  • Length: 121 min
  • Dialogues: Japanese
  • Cast: Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Shibukawa, Shouma Kai, Fusako Urabe
  • Logline: An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding

Selective list of festivals and awards: 71st Berlinale – Official Competition

Director’s biography: After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Hamaguchi worked in the commercial film industry for a few years before entering the graduate program in film at Tokyo University of the Arts.

He made a festival debut in 2008 with his graduation film Passion at San Sebastian and Tokyo FILMeX. He has been constantly working on films since then.

In 2015, his 317-minute feature film Happy Hour won major awards at numerous film festivals starting at Locarno Film Festival. His first commercial film Asako I & II was selected for competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. He is also the screenwriter on Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at the 2020 Venice Film Festival