Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)



Critic Consensus: Writer-director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi explores multiple facets of the human condition with Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, all to delightfully affecting effect.

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An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. 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.

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Shouma Kai
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Critic Reviews for Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (17)

When stitched together, with the themes of coincidence and kindness being the only real connective tissue, the narratives spin themselves into something just shy of cinematic profundity.

January 12, 2022 | Full Review…

No movies this year took more pleasure in the architecture and engineering of narrative.

December 21, 2021 | Full Review…

This is a film you surrender to, appreciating every move as it reminds you of past loves and regrets.

November 4, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Hamaguchi has a beautiful outlook on mistakes and the complex emotions that make up humanity, and his tenderness toward each character he brings to life makes him one of the best storytellers working today.

October 28, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A poignant, sometimes piercing triptych of tales, each one predicated on chance encounters and romantic possibilities, it finds Hamaguchi in playful, beguiling and quietly affecting form.

October 15, 2021 | Full Review…

The geometry of desire is elegantly plotted in "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy," a wistful, moving, outwardly unassuming movie.

October 14, 2021 | Full Review…

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