2021   Japan Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
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Director:Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Writer:Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
IMDb Rating:7.4 (53 votes)
Awards:1 win & 2 nominations
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:121 min
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi  ...  (Director)
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi  ...  (Writer)
Kotone Furukawa  ...  Meiko (segment "Magic (or Something Less Assuring"))
Kiyohiko Shibukawa  ...  Segawa (segment "Door Wide Open")
Katsuki Mori  ...  Nao (segment "Door Wide Open")
Fusako Urabe  ...  Moka (segment "Once Again")
Aoba Kawai  ...  Nana (segment "Once Again")
Ayumu Nakajima  ...  Kazuaki (segment "Magic (or Something Less Assuring"))
Hyunri  ...  Tsugumi (segment "Magic (or Something Less Assuring"))
Shouma Kai  ...  Sasaki (segment "Door Wide Open")
Yukiko Iioka  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: The first segment, unfortunately the shortest, is worth the price of admission. Five stars, off the charts

The second segment has some stellar moments but it doesn't feel very Hamaguchi. It begins and ends Hamaguchi but the meat of it drifts, in search of a pull-quote

The third segment is a good idea for a skit

I blame the actors for my let down even though they are ultimately Hamaguchi's responsibility

Kotone Furukawa hits it. Katsuki Mori touches it. The rest feel like auditions

I will not be deterred, however. Stan Hamaguchi

Summary: An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and regrets.

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