Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival, Wife of a Spy follows Kobe-based merchant Yusaku and his wife Satoko as they attempt to expose a horrific national secret. Navigating a complex, dangerous web of wartime political and military figures, Yusaku and Satoko’s marriage and trust in each other also enter uncharted waters. This first period piece by the prolific Kiyoshi Kurosawa ingeniously shapeshifts between captivating romance, electrifying spy thriller and elegant historical drama. With a side plot involving the making of a film, Wife of a Spy also becomes a thoughtful reflection on the role of cinema in archiving, capturing and disclosing the truth.
03 Dec 2020, Thursday, 9:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 7
05 Dec 2020, Saturday, 3:30pm
Filmgarde Bugis+ Hall 3
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Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a Japanese director who first rose to prominence for his work in the crime and horror genres with films like Cure (1997) and Pulse (2001). He won the Jury Prize of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes for family drama Tokyo Sonata (2008) and followed up with the Best Director award in the same section for his 2015 film Journey to the Shore.
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