Wife of A Spy
(Japan/2021—directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Cure, Tokyo Sonata) won the Best Director Prize at the Venice Film Festival for this riveting, old-school Hitchcockian thriller, shot in 8K high resolution for exceptional impact on the big screen. The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi of Kill Bill) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction.
Following a trip to Manchuria, he’s gripped by a determination to bring to light the things he witnessed there – things that he secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (2021 Japan Society Honoree Yû Aoi) receives a visit from her childhood friend, now a military policeman. He warns her about what he calls Yusaku’s “seditious” ways and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has died. Satoko confronts her husband, but when she discovers what his true intentions actually are, she’s torn between loyalty to the life they have built and the country they call home.
An unexpected and absorbing drama from one of Japan’s greatest contemporary filmmakers. In English and Japanese with English subtitles. (115 minutes)
"One of Kurosawa's most purely enjoyable entertainments… powered by Yu Aoi’s bravura performance." -Guy Lodge, Variety
"An absorbing, exotic, well-paced thriller with moments of disconcerting realism and horror. Early on, doubts are sowed about the loving couple, but all bets are off until a shockingly clever twist.” -Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
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