Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy | 偶然と想像
Winter Film Fest 2022

Anthology, Drama, Romance

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and Japan Commerce Association of Washington, D.C., Inc.

...wistful, moving, outwardly unassuming

Manhola Dargis, Critic's Pick, The New York Times

...three beguiling tales of chance and romance

Lawrence Garcia, The AV Club


This 72-hour screening is part of our lineup
for the JICC's Winter Film Fest!



Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) | Trailer | Ryûsuke Hamaguchi from Film Movement.


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 Hamaguchi Ryūsuke (
Happy Hour, Asako I & II, 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.


Starring Furukawa Kotone, Nakajima Ayumu, Hyunri, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Mori Katsuki, Kai Shouma, Urabe Fusako, Kawai Aoba


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