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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie’ is a Spy Thriller Without the Thrills

September 9, 2021Ben MK

Ask any avid moviegoer about James Cameron's True Lies, and you'd probably receive a response acknowledging it as one of the greatest action movies ever made. But what if you took that film's core concept — that of a secret agent maquerading as a mild-mannered insurance salesman — and transposed it to a movie about an unassuming housewife who's secretly a lethal government agent?

That more or less sums up the premise of Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie, which follows Kumi Sakura (Haruka Ayase), a seemingly average homemaker who lives in the seaside town of Tamami, where the economy revolves around the longstanding methane hydrate plant. As you might have guessed, however, Kumi is no ordinary stay-at-home spouse, and neither is her equally meek teacher husband, Yuji (Hidetoshi Nishijima). On the contrary, the two of them are actually agents from the Tokyo Metropolitan PD Public Security Bureau named Nami and Isayama, and together they've been sent to Tamami to investigate a government contractor suspected of illegally funnelling money to Russia. There's just one catch, though — Nami has absolutely no memory of her true identity, and if she remembers who she really is, Isayama has orders to terminate her.

Based on the TV series, director Toya Sato's feature-length adaptation makes no presupposition about viewers' familiarity with the episodes that came before. But even so, you may be hard-pressed to make sense of the plot. Suffice to say, those expecting an action spectacle on par True Lies will almost certainly be let down. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of the show, Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie might still be a mission worth accepting.

Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie makes its North American premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 59 min.

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