Villon's Wife

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Villon's Wife
Villon's Wife.jpg
Original Japanese Poster.
Directed by Kichitaro Negishi
Written by Yōzō Tanaka
Music by Takashi Yoshimatsu
Cinematography Takahide Shibanushi
Edited by Akimasa Kawashima
Distributed by Toho
Release date
October 10, 2009
Running time
114 min.
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Villon's Wife (ヴィヨンの妻 〜桜桃とタンポポ〜, Viyon No Tsuma - ōtō to tanpopo) is a 2009 Japanese drama film directed by Kichitaro Negishi.


Sachi is the long-suffering wife of popular novelist Otani in post-World War II Japan. Brilliant but self-destructive, Otani spends his days drinking, running up debts, and looking for inspiration with other women. A visit from Miyo and Kichizo, the owners of the tavern which Otani frequents, informs Sachi that her husband has run up a fortune in debts and has stolen money from them. To pay off the debt, Sachi becomes a waitress at the bar, where her beauty and warmth bring in new customers. While working at the bar, she meets a young laborer, Okada, who falls in love with her. Also on hand are Sachi's old boyfriend, Tsuji, and her husband's mistress, Akiko. Though increasingly empowered by her new independence, Sachi retains her allegiance to her husband.



Villon's Wife is based on the 1947 semi-autographical short work of the same name by Osamu Dazai.[1] The film premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival in September 2009,[2] in New York in July 2010[3] and had its UK premiere in December 2010.[4] It was released in Japan as a DVD in April 2010[5] and with English and Chinese subtitles in Hong Kong in a Region 3 format DVD in May 2010.[6]

Awards and nominations[edit]

33rd Japan Academy Prize.[7][8]

2009 Montreal World Film Festival.[2][9]


  1. ^ ヴィヨンの妻 ~桜桃とタンポポ~ (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2011-11-29.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Roma film wins top prize in Montreal". CBC. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Film: Villon's Wife". Japan Society. Retrieved 2011-11-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Premiere Japan 2010". Embassy of Japan in the UK - Events. Retrieved 2011-11-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ ヴィヨンの妻 ~桜桃とタンポポ~ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-11-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Villon's Wife (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)". YesAsia. Retrieved 2011-11-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "33rd Japan Academy Prizes" (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2011-11-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ Schilling, Mark (2009-12-22). "'Villon's Wife' leads in Japan". Variety. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  9. ^ "AWARDS OF THE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL - MONTREAL 2009". World Film Festival. Retrieved 2011-11-30.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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