Wife of a Spy (Supai no tsuma)
Official Selection115' - 2020 - Spy Film, War, Historical, Drama - Dialogue: Japanese
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Composer: Ryosuke Nagaoka With: Issey Takahashi, Masahiro Higashide, Yû Aoi
The year is 1940 in Kobe, the night before the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant, Yusaku Fukuhara (Issey Takahashi), senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction.
The year is 1940 in Kobe, the night before the outbreak of World War II. Local merchant, Yusaku Fukuhara (Issey Takahashi), senses that things are headed in an unsettling direction. He leaves his wife Satoko (Yu Aoi) behind and travels to Manchuria with his nephew, Fumio Takeshita (Ryota Bando). There, Yusaku coincidentally witnesses a barbarous act and is determined to bring it to light. He leaps into action. Meanwhile, Satoko is called on by her childhood friend and military policeman, Taiji Tsumori (Masahiro Higashide). He tells Satoko that a woman who her husband brought back from Manchuria has died. Satoko is torn by jealousy and confronts Yusaku. But when she discovers Yusaku’s true intentions, she does the unthinkable to ensure his safety and their happiness. Set in a turbulent war-torn time, what destiny could possibly await Satoko and Yusaku?
“Powered by Yu Aoi’s bravura performance as a starlet thrown into uncertain moral and marital torment by her husband’s covert operations at the outset of WWII, the film is a relatively unfamiliar fit for its helmer, given its sharply evoked period milieu. He wears it well.” - Variety
Issey Takahashi, Masahiro Higashide, Yû Aoi
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Tadashi Nohara
Director of Photography
Countries of production
Rokko (short, 1973), Teacher of Violence: Massacre in Broad Daylight (short, 1975), The Flashing Signal (short, 1976), Record of Indefinite Travel (short, 1976), Fangs Crazy for White Skin (short, 1977), School Days (short, 1978), Vertigo College (1980), The Night Before the Escape (short, 1982), Human Nature: The Line Between Right and Wrong (short, 1983), Kandagawa Pervert Wars (1983), Bumpkin Soup (1985), Girl! Girl! Girl! (short, 1988), Sweet Home (1989), Dangerous Stories (segment "They Came Tonight as Well", 1989), The Guard From Underground (1992), Deor 3 (1996), Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself: The Nouveau Riche (1996), The Revenge I: A Visit from Fate (1997), The Revenge: A Scar That Never Disappears (1997), Cure (1997), Serpent's Path (1998), Eyes of the Spider (1998), License to Live (1998), Charisma (1999), Barren Illusions (1999), Pulse (2001), Bright Future (2002), Doppelganger (2003), Ghost Cop (short, 2004), Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Bug's House (2005), Loft (2005), Sakebi (2006), Tokyo Sonata (2008), Beautiful New Bay Area Project (short, 2013), Real (2013), Seventh Code (2013), Journey to the Shore (2015), Creepy (2016), Daguerreotype (2016), Before We Vanish (2017), Foreboding (2017), To the Ends of the Earth (2019)