‘Wife of a Spy’

On the cusp of entering the Secord World War, Japan is divided. Tradition and outward looking-modernisation are at odds as Satoko (Yu Aoi – Journey to the Shore, Birds Without Names), the wife of a successful fabric merchant, discovers her husband Yusaku (Issey Takahashi – Blank 13, Kill Bill) is a subversive.

An uneasy melodrama develops as an initially suspicious and jealous Satoko discovers more and more, convinced Yusaku is having an affair. Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Journey to the Shore,Tokyo Sonata) threads into the narrative romance, politics and Hitchcockian spy thriller, an approach that won him the Best Director Silver Lion at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Rating: 61%

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