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A Wife Confesses (1961)

Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru (original title)
Ayako is charged with murdering her much older academic husband while climbing a mountain. Ayako was having an affair, apparently with her husband's approval, and this complicates the trial.

Director:

Yasuzô Masumura

Writers:

Masato Ide, Masaya Maruyama (novel)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ayako Wakao ... Ayako Takigawa
Hiroshi Kawaguchi Hiroshi Kawaguchi ... Osamu Kôda
Eitarô Ozawa Eitarô Ozawa ... Ryôkichi Takigawa
Haruko Mabuchi Haruko Mabuchi ... Rie Munakata
Jun Negami Jun Negami ... Lawyer Sugiyama
Hideo Takamatsu Hideo Takamatsu ... Public Prosecutor Kasai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ichirô Aminaka Ichirô Aminaka
Tomio Hanano Tomio Hanano
Gai Harada Gai Harada
Chikara Hashimoto Chikara Hashimoto
Tôru Konoki Tôru Konoki
Kazuo Mori Kazuo Mori
Yûji Moriya Yûji Moriya
Fumiko Murata Fumiko Murata
Takashi Nakamura Takashi Nakamura
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Ayako is charged with murdering her much older academic husband while climbing a mountain. Ayako was having an affair, apparently with her husband's approval, and this complicates the trial.

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

29 October 1961 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wife Confesses See more »

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Production Co:

Daiei Studios See more »
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A Beautiful Wife's True Agenda
23 February 2019 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film begins with an attractive woman by the name of "Ayako Takigawa" (Ayako Wakao) being enveloped by the press as she is led into a courtroom where she is charged with the murder of her husband "Ryokichi Takigawa" (Eitaro Ozawa). She subsequently pleads not guilty and the story of how she sent her husband tumbling down a steep mountain proceeds from there with certain witnesses called to testify and voice their concerns about her true agenda. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a pretty good drama which makes good use of the flashback technique to enhance the overall story. Likewise, having a beautiful actress like Ayako Wakao certainly didn't hurt the picture either. In any case, while there were some scenes that caused the film to drag in certain places, I thought that this was an interesting film for the most part and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.


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