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Ryusuke Hamaguchi

“My characters are fictional, but after all, I might want that kind of relationship with people. I think I want to communicate with people who tell the truth.”

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    WIFE OF A SPY

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2020

    Genre master Kiyoshi Kurosawa turns to Alfred Hitchcock for inspiration with this Venice Silver Lion-winner, a riveting tale of cloaked identities and marital distrust. Immaculately directed, this nail-biting thriller makes a reflexive case for filmmaking as the ultimate act of political subversion.

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    HAPPY HOUR

    Ryusuke Hamaguchi Japan, 2015

    Don’t balk at the run-time: this is worth it. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s compassionate drama of four thirty-something women offers rare emotional and psychological intimacy in its group portrait of these friends. Its ambitious and immersive storytelling make it one of the best-kept secrets of 2010s cinema.

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