Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)

Ryūsuke Hamaguchi brings a gentle warmth to this ingenious collection of three stories united by themes of fate and mystery.

(…) This trio of stories is elegant and amusing, with a delicacy of touch and real imaginative warmth. The narratives saunter along lightly but fundamentally seriously, asking us to consider how the paths we take in life – the wrong turnings, the right turnings – can be governed by the merest chance. It’s a really pleasurable and invigorating experience.

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

What draws (Hamaguchi) to shorts is their incompleteness, and their ability to give viewers a tantalizing slice of life.

“Characters in a short story appear more realistic, because you only glimpse a small facet of them. This seems normal because in fact we don’t know other people’s lives that well — we only ever peek at other people’s lives.”

Rebecca Davies, Variety

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  • Orig. title: Guzen To Sozo
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: m-appeal
  • Cinematography: Yukiko Iioka
  • Editing: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
  • Music: Robert Schumann
  • Sound: Akihiko Suzuki
  • Production design: Masato Nunobe