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Wheel Of Fortune And Fantasy  2021
偶然と想像 / Gûzen To Sôzô / Fortune And Fantasy
Director:  Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Producer:
  Satoshi Takata
Art Director:
  Masato Nunobe and Seo Hyeon-Seon
Screenplay:
  Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Director of Photography:
  Yukiko Iioka
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Cast:
spacer1 (segment Magic, or Something Less Assuring)
spacer1 Kotone Furukawa
spacer1 Ayumu Nakajima
spacer1 Hyunri
spacer1 (segment Door Wide Open)
spacer1 Kiyohiko Shibukawa
spacer1 Katsuki Mori
spacer1 Shouma Kai
spacer1 (segment Once Again)
spacer1 Fusako Urabe
spacer1 Aoba Kawai
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spacer1 (segment Magic, or Something Less Assuring) spacer1 Kotone Furukawa spacer1 Ayumu Nakajima
spacer1 Hyunri spacer1 (segment Door Wide Open) spacer1 Kiyohiko Shibukawa
spacer1 Katsuki Mori spacer1 Shouma Kai spacer1 (segment Once Again)
spacer1 Fusako Urabe spacer1 Aoba Kawai spacer1
spacer1 (segment Magic, or Something Less Assuring) spacer1 Kotone Furukawa
spacer1 Ayumu Nakajima spacer1 Hyunri
spacer1 (segment Door Wide Open) spacer1 Kiyohiko Shibukawa
spacer1 Katsuki Mori spacer1 Shouma Kai
spacer1 (segment Once Again) spacer1 Fusako Urabe
spacer1 Aoba Kawai spacer1

Synopsis:
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy centres on three women in seemingly disparate tales of coincidence: one who realises a friend is dating an ex and wonders if she wants him back; one who finds that a half-heartedly-set honeytrap backfires, and one involved in a case of mistaken identity.

Hamaguchi has an unusual rehearsal style which sees his actors learn lines by table reading together in flat monotone until the shoot. Then in medium or long shots, often through extended speeches in enclosed spaces, the tiniest emotions take on epic scale. That happens here – to devastatingly lovely effect – in a final ‘episode’ in which two middle aged women connect after at first mistaking each other for high school classmates.

Deserving winner of the Silver Bear the Berlin Film Festival.

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