The award-winning new film from celebrated Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife of a Spy is a gorgeously crafted Hitchcockian thriller about a young couple whose idyllic life is threatened by the approach of WWII. Screening as part of Museum Films’ “Two by Kiyoshi Kurosawa” series.
The year is 1940 in Kobe, on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku (Issey Takahashi, Kill Bill) senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. Following a trip to Manchuria, he becomes determined to bring to light the things he witnessed there, and secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (Yû Aoi, in a heart-wrenching breakout performance) receives a visit from her childhood friend, now a military policeman. He warns her about Yusaku’s seditious ways and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has died. Satoko confronts Yusaku, but when she discovers his true intentions, she is torn between loyalty to her husband, the life they have built, and the country they call home.” -Kino Lorber