Winner: Silver Lion (Best Director) – Venice Film Festival
Kino Lorber is proud to present the US theatrical release of WIFE OF A SPY, a film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata).
Winner of the Silver Lion (Best Director) at the Venice Film Festival, the film will open at the IFC Center
in New York on September 17, and at Laemmle Royal
(and other Laemmle theaters) in Los Angeles on September 24. Other cities will follow.
WIFE OF A SPY is a riveting, gorgeously crafted, old-school Hitchockian thriller shot in stunning 8K. The year is 1940 in Kobe, Japan, 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 (Japan Society’s 2021 Honoree Yû Aoi) 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.
Japan, 2021, 115 min, Color. In Japanese & English with English subtitles. Directed byKiyoshi Kurosawa. Written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Tadashi Nohara.Cast: Yû Aoi, Issey Takahashi, Masahiro Higashide. A Kino Lorber release.