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Venice: ‘Wife of a Spy’ Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa on ‘Making the Scary Parts Scary’

Venice: ‘Wife of a Spy’ Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa on ‘Making the Scary Parts Scary’

Variety spoke with Kiyoshi Kurosawa the day after the world premiere of his World War II suspense drama “Wife of a Spy” in competition at the Venice Film Festival. A frequent invitee to Venice, Cannes and other major festivals, Kurosawa did the interview via Zoom from the Tokyo office of his Japanese distributor. “This is the first time I haven’t been able to go to a big festival like that,” says Kurosawa. “I would have liked the three main cast members see the film with the audience. It’s really regrettable that they couldn’t go.”

Wife of a Spy” may be your first-ever period film, but certain scenes are as disturbing as anything in the horror films that first made your name internationally. Is that one reason why you were attracted to the material?

Yes, I wanted to make the scary parts scary, but this film was not my idea from the start.

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