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‘Wife of a Spy’ (‘Spy no Tsuma’): Film Review | Venice 2020

‘Wife of a Spy’ (‘Spy no Tsuma’): Film Review | Venice 2020

Set in 1940 in Kobe, Japan, with an epilogue during the bombing of the city in 1945, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s intriguingly titled Wife of a Spy (Spy no Tsuma) bookends the Second World War in an absorbing, exotic, well-paced thriller with moments of disconcerting realism and horror. Its spot in Venice competition is a well-earned promotion for the director after his many accolades for films like Kairo, Tokyo Sonata and Before We Vanish.

As Kurosawa’s first historical picture, Wife of a Spy will win no awards for imaginative period creation — in fact the sets, costumes and lighting sport the distanced look of an old movie ...

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