Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy ★★★

Certainly enjoyed it more than Drive My Car, but it suffers from the Peitite Maman problem where it feels like a short story stretched into a feature. In this case, it feels like 3 edited together into one movie. Doesn’t flow as well as it should have, or needs to, for this structure to work. I think Hamaguchi is a talent, I just think his writerly sensibilities overshadow his skills as a director. For me at least, his movies don’t seem to have the emotional potency that they do for everyone else.

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