Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Villon's Wife
(Viyon No Tsuma)

Year: 2009
Country: JAPAN
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 114 minutes

Villon's Wife
Villon's Wife
Villon's Wife
Villon's Wife

It is December 1946 and Otami slips home to his wife Sachi. He is a scoundrel, a thief, a deadbeat dad, drinking and thieving his way through the city of Nakano. He is also a writer of some acclaim and Sachi does everything she can to support him. Soon after he returns, a couple who are pub owners in Nakano come knocking on the door, demanding of Otami the money he stole from them. When Otami disappears again, Sachi decides to take matters in hand. Boarding the train with her son on her back, she travels to the pub to make good on the missing money. She soon becomes a hit with the customers, dispensing drinks and merriment in equal parts. When Otami appears at the bar one night with another woman, she still tries to defend him and his actions. However, her empowerment is growing as she realizes how much she enjoys the job and the money she is making. When Sachi catches the eye of another man, Otami becomes jealous but continues to alternate between repentant and brashly unfeeling. Soon, Sachi must come to his defense yet again, but this time on a much more serious issue and the power begins to shift in their relationship. Will Sachi say "goodbye" for good? Based on several short stories by Osamu Dazai, VILLON'S WIFE serves as a reflection of how Japan began to change after World War II. (In Japanese with subtitles) – C.C.P.

CIFF34 Screenings

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Yozo Tanaka

Kichitaro Negishi

Kichitaro Negishi was born in 1950 in Tokyo. After graduating with a theater major from the literature department at Waseda University, he began his career as an assistant director and debuted as a director in 1978.

"Cabaret Nights" (1982), "Detective Story" (1983), "Bonds" (1998), "Translucent Tree" (2004), "What the Snow Brings" (2005) VILLON'S WIFE (2009)

Chiriho Kameyama, Michiyo Yamada, Shigemichi Sugita

Takahide Shibanushi

Akimasa Kawashima

Principal Cast
Takako Matsu, Tadanobu Asano, Ryoko Hirosue, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Shinichi Tsutsumi

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