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Wife of a Spy Unclassified 18+
Spy no Tsuma

Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Genre: Mystery Romance Themes: War

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first foray into period filmmaking with a twisty, Hitchcockian tale of love and betrayal in WWII, which earned him the 2020 Venice Silver Lion for Best Director.

In 1940, with the war on Japan’s doorstep, wealthy silk merchant Yusaku heads to Manchuria on a business trip, leaving his wife, amateur movie star Satoko, behind in Kobe. He returns a changed man, in possession of a horrific secret and a film to prove it. But when the military police inform Satoko that her husband also brought with him a woman, now dead, she must decide where her loyalties lie.

Stunningly shot in digital 8K, Wife of a Spy is an elegant tale of dangerous deceptions that finds Kurosawa adding a taut historical spy thriller to his eclectic oeuvre – MIFF audiences may recall his melancholy ghost story Journey to the Shore (2015) or earlier horror and supernatural sci-fi works Loft (2006) and Doppelganger (2004). Co-written by Ryūsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, MIFF 2021) and Tadashi Nohara (Happy Hour, MIFF 2016), the complex, sinewy script repeatedly interrogates everyone’s motivations and allegiances while supporting a remarkable performance from Yū Aoi as Satoko, a character whose acting chops are as finely tuned as those of the actor bringing her to life.

“A thoroughly involving, old-school slice of wartime cloak and dagger … One of [Kurosawa’s] most purely enjoyable, internationally accessible entertainments.” – Variety

In Cinema

Mon 16 Aug 9:15 pm [11221]
Wife of a Spy (117 mins)
Forum
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event
Fri 20 Aug 10:30 am [12380]
Wife of a Spy (117 mins)
Comedy Theatre
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event

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Online

40494
Fri 06 Aug 9:00 am [40494]
Wife of a Spy (117 mins)
Online 100% Subtitles Subtitles
Past event
Key Cast
Issey Takahashi, Yū Aoi
Director
Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Producer
Teruhisa Yamamoto
Screenwriters
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara
Cinematographer
Tatsunosuke Sasaki
Composer
Ryosuke Nagaoka
Editor
Hidemi Lee
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Nikkatsu Corporation

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