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Woman in Witness Protection
Directed by Juzo Itami • 1997 • Japan
Starring Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Yuji Murata
Juzo Itami’s final film features a dazzling performance from his wife and frequent leading lady Nobuko Miyamoto as Biwako, a middle-aged movie-star diva who is the sole witness to a grisly murder. When she is convinced to play bait for the killer, two cops are assigned to protect her, one who is a superfan and the other who couldn’t care less about who she is. As always, Itami deftly balances tones and genres, moving between comedy and suspense with entertaining ease.