Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: January 18, 2022
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $24.99
Studio: Film Movement

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past are the chapters in Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2021 drama-romance Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.

Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, Hamaguchi’s (Happy Hour, Asako I & II) triptych 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.

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.

Wheel took its first spin at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival where it was awarded the Silver Bear Jury Prize. Meanwhile, his latest, Drive My Car, world-premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded Best Screenplay.

Bonus features include the following:

  • Interview with director Ryusuke Hamaguchi
  • Bonus Short Film — The Chicken (Directed by Neo Sora)

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.