Wheel of Fortune & Fantasy

Beginning on Saturday, January 8, 2022 Cinema Art Bethesda will stream the Japanese film, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Gûzen to sôzô). The stream will be available until Saturday, January 22. There will be an $8.00 charge to watch the film. At noon on Sunday, January 23 there will be a post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector via Zoom.

The film is 121 minutes long and in Japanese with English subtitles. It was released in 2021 and won four awards including the Silver Berlin Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Silver Q-Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Viewing the Film

There is an $8.00 charge to view the film and it can be preordered.

To View the Film

Click the following link (or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar).


Select the Unlock now (or Pre-order now if you’re pre-ordering) button. A pop-up window will appear. Enter your email address and follow the prompts to log in to your account or sign up for one. If you pre-order, select the link in the sentence below the buttons that says “Already unlocked? Log into your account for access” when you are ready to view the film.

Film Discussion

A post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector will take place via Zoom at noon Sunday, January 23. To join the Zoom meeting on your computer, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar


If you are asked for a Meeting ID, use: 893 6711 1499
If you are asked for a Passcode, use: 994610

To join by phone dial by your location:

  • +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
  • +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
  • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
  • +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
  • +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
  • +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Meeting ID: 893 6711 1499
Passcode: 994610

If your local number is not on the list, find it here: https://us06web.zoom.us/u/kpkl88lEQ


An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction, and a chance encounter with the past. Propelled by coincidence and imagination, and guided by love’s gentle current, acclaimed director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, Asako I & II) returns with an enchanting triptych that 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. Playfully 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.

(Text copied from distributor’s site)