WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY 偶然と想像
An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past set the stage for a triptych of stories about women navigating relationships in modern Japan. In one story, a young woman realizes that her best friend’s new flame might be her ex. In another, a disgruntled student plots to use his friend-with-benefits to lure his college professor into a seduction trap. Finally, a woman’s unanticipated run-in with an old friend stirs feelings neither had the chance to properly say. As with the critically acclaimed “Drive My Car”, director Ryusuke Hamaguchi builds scenes with mesmerizing dialogue, weaving a tale as playfully charming as it is deeply human.
Kotone Furukawa, Ayumu Nakajima, Hyunri, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Katsuki Mori
Director: Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI, 1978, Japan
Films: Solaris (2007), The Depths (2010), Happy Hour (2015), Asako (2018)
Awards: Berlinale – Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Hamaguchi won the Oscar 2022 for Best International Feature Film for Drive My Car