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Wife of a Spy

1h 55m Drama, Thriller, Period Film 2020


SOLD OUT! Wife of a Spy will also screen in-person at Japan Society on August 27 at 7 PM. Click here for more info.

Satoko Fukuhara (Yu Aoi) lives with her import/export businessman husband Yusaku (Takahashi Issey) in the port city of Kobe, with Japan on the precipice of entering WWII with Axis powers Germany and Italy in 1940. Their pleasant cosmopolitan life constricted by rising militarism, the couple is surveilled by Satoko’s admiring childhood friend who is now a steely military police officer (Masahiro Higashide). When Yusaku makes a trip to Manchuria where he witnesses colonial violence firsthand, and the mysterious woman (Hyunri) he returns with is discovered dead, Satoko questions allegiance and desire like never before, in a brave performance by Aoi. Co-written with his former students Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Tadashi Nohara (Happy Hour) and shot in 8K digital video for public broadcaster NHK, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s first historical drama eerily evokes horrors of the past in the visual register of our own terrifying times.

  • Silver Lion Best Director, Venice International Film Festival 2020
  • Best Film, Kinema Junpo Awards 2021

“Anchored by Yu Aoi’s terrific turn, Wife of a Spy pivots from being a knotty, Hitchcockian, plot-driven spy caper to telling the story of a young woman’s political awakening, and the resultant growth of her self-respect as she realizes that she has resources of cunning, intelligence and integrity that she had not been aware of previously.” —The Playlist

Streaming in the U.S. from August 20-September 2 as part of JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film 2021

**Please note: There is a limited quantity of 350 total rentals available for this title.

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa





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