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Wife of a Spy (2020)

A Japanese merchant who leaves his wife behind in order to travel to Manchuria, where he witnesses an act of barbarism. His subsequent actions cause misunderstanding, jealousy and legal problems for his wife.


Kiyoshi Kurosawa
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Yû Aoi ... Satoko Fukuhara
Issey Takahashi ... Yusaku Fukuhara
Masahiro Higashide ... Yasuharu Tsumori
Ryôta Bandô Ryôta Bandô ... Fumio Takeshita
Yuri Tsunematsu ... Komako
Minosuke Minosuke ... Kanemura
Hyunri ... Hiroko Kusakabe
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Doctor Nozaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Johnson ... Bob
Nihi ... Foreign Business Supplier


It is 1940 and much of the world, including Japan, is in the grips of World War II. Japan has occupied Manchuria and maintains its interests there. A well-to-do actress is married to a man who conducts business in Manchuria. He is dismayed at certain actions his government is taking there. He attempts to do something about it when a murder occurs. Written by aghaemi

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starts with a cry...
29 April 2021 | by ops-52535See all my reviews

And end with an even longer cry. The story though might be interresting, but not exactly as exciting as could be.its made in a japanese customly humble and cultural driven manner, and very theatrical in its execution. Its a fingerpinchsize of a daring topic to raise, namely the years before ww2 japan, where manchuria was the battle field, the nipponese fascism near its summit, and where spies operated everywhere and upon everyone. Being a wife to a spy is a dire choice of existece, and when you dont know what to believe, even from your right hand side, then tragedy is pretty near.

Its a pretty classical japanese production on a tv broadcaster budget, its pretty rigid on outdoor scenes, and plentyfilled with tears and agony. Some historical images there are but not of the cruel stuff. There are no sex and nudity, barely a kiss to see, but drama youll get if you want that. The grumpy old man had expected more due to norwegian broadcaster nrk's ''the film police'' review.

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Release Date:

16 October 2020 (Japan) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (22.2 channels) (TV broadcast version)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (DCP version)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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