A Wife Confesses(Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru)

  • Dir: Masumura Yasuzo

  • Japan, 1961, Japanese, 91mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Wakao Ayako, Kawaguchi Hiroshi, Ozawa Eitaro

A young woman on a mountaineering expedition is accused of murdering her husband. The facts are clear; the doubt is her true motive for cutting the rope – does she aim to benefit from his life insurance and to be with her supposed lover? More than a courtroom suspense of guilty or not guilty captured under voyeuristic camera, Masumura’s existential melodrama impresses with its extraordinary focus and intensity on a woman’s feelings about love and lust. Beautifully conveying suffering womanhood and transgressive femininity, Wakao Ayako’s stellar performance places her in the pantheon of great actresses.

Kinema Junpo Awards: Best Actress

Blue Ribbon Award: Best Actress 


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