Caution, Hazardous Wife movie review: Haruka Ayase shines in spy thriller that often forgets what it is

a person holding a cell phone: Haruka Ayase in a still from Caution, Hazardous Wife (category IIB, Japanese), directed by Toya Sato. Haruka Ayase in a still from Caution, Hazardous Wife (category IIB, Japanese), directed by Toya Sato.

2.5/5 stars

Following the success of Nippon TV's hit 2017 television series, Caution, Hazardous Wife spins off into a full-blown feature film, with star Haruka Ayase reprising her role as Nami, a former government assassin struggling to leave her violent past behind and enjoy a quiet suburban life with husband Yuki (Hidetoshi Nishijima).

The show ended with the shocking revelation that Yuki was not a mild-mannered businessman, but a Public Security Bureau agent assigned to surveil his potentially deadly bride. But as Toya Sato's big screen adventure begins, an attempt is made on Nami's life that leaves her with amnesia, presenting Yuki and the PSB a clean slate to contain their wayward asset.

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While the marketing suggests an action thriller of feuding married agents reminiscent of the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Caution, Hazardous Wife is closer to Shane Black's The Long Kiss Goodnight, in which Geena Davis plays a trained killer who has lost her memory and settled down.

Caution, Hazardous Wife movie review: Haruka Ayase shines in spy thriller that often forgets what it is