The Wife/Pawn in the Vortex of “The Spy’s Wife”

As a film that combines history, suspense, and melodramatic elements, “The Spy’s Wife” has achieved great achievements both on the ideological and personal level.

Not an anti-defeated movie, but an anti-war movie
In post-war Japan, there has always been a distinct anti-war film context. But among them, many movies oppose only the damage of war to their own side, but they have not reflected on the ravages of other countries caused by wars launched by their own side. From “The Tomb of Fireflies” to “In This Corner of the World”, these kinds of movies often set the protagonist as an innocent victim, whose idyllic life is broken by sudden attacks. This kind of shifting of emphasis will almost make people think that Japan was the victim of World War II, rather than the active party; such films are not so much anti-war films, it is more appropriate to say that they are anti-defeated films.

But this is not the path that the new work “The Spy’s Wife,” directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and written by another popular Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, wants to repeat. In this period movie, a fact that is difficult for the male protagonist Yusaku (Issues Takahashi) to accept drives the story forward. This fact has made many Japanese secretive, but it is familiar to the Chinese: the biological warfare and human experiment conducted by the Japanese Unit 731 in the area of ​​the Puppet Manchukuo.

It was the personal testimony of this fact when he traveled to the Puppet Manchukuo that made Yousaku, the owner of a foreign trade company and more open-minded, completely lose his faith in the Japanese regime. As a person with conscience, humane care and courage, he is determined to take the evidence of human experiments abroad, let the world know about the atrocities of the Japanese army, and end the war.

But this is not easy to say: He is in close contact with foreigners at work, and he is the focus of the Japanese gendarmerie, and he is struggling. To add to his troubles, his wife Satoko (Aoi Yuu) is also quite suspicious of his secret whereabouts. She initially suspected that Yusaku had an affair with other women. After learning the truth, she began to accuse Yusaku of “treason” and secretly took the 731 unit experimental notes that Yusaku brought back from the pseudo-Manchukuo.

Marriage as a battlefield and chess game
Director Kurosawa Kiyoshi, known for shooting suspense themes, still uses his own skills to create psychological tension for the story this time: the warehouse/secret room where corpses and murder evidence are hidden in the masterpieces “X Sanji” and “Break In “The Spy’s Wife”, it becomes a company archives that hides confidential evidence. In this important space, there is a clash of words and ideas between husband and wife, as well as a struggle between concealment and voyeurism. When Satoko stole the experimental notes, he accidentally knocked over the chessboard Yusaku placed in the archive room. Maybe she would think that she was playing a chess game with her husband on the country as a bet.

But when she saw the video evidence Yuzuo brought back from the pseudo-Manchukuo with her own eyes, her position changed completely: she believed that what her husband did was a righteous act, and she would support him unconditionally. This incident also rekindled her enthusiasm for married life-after all, like many Japanese couples, the relationship between Yusaku and Satoko is implicit and polite, but it is difficult to understand each other’s heart deeply. Participating in Yusaku’s political actions has renewed the impetus for Satoko’s life. As a young woman who is extremely deprived of life other than marriage, being able to make a contribution to her husband’s career means to become the protagonist of her own life again.

But Satoko’s love for Yusaku contains a certain morbid enthusiasm. In order to remove Yousaku’s suspicion, Satoko not hesitate to report to the gendarmerie, the younger brother Wenxiong who traveled with Yousuo in the puppet Manchuria, and threatened Yousuo with the potential to report on her husband, forcing him to make him his “comrade-in-arms.” The blindness and enthusiasm of Satoko’s enthusiasm is in fact the same line as the blind loyalty of the Japanese gendarmerie who traced Yusaku to the empire. In order to protect the interests of the family and the country, they do not hesitate to violate the basic moral principles and turn others into pawns that can be sacrificed. Through this ingenious design, “The Spy’s Wife” perfectly demonstrates a certain “home and country isomorphism” in Japanese society during the militarist period.

Wife, also a pawn
But Satoko didn’t expect that in this game of chess, Yusaku would eventually win the game. In the face of Satoko’s counterattack, Yusaku’s strategy is to downplay his political identity and bring the issue back to the personal level-this is an action in the name of humanity. He claimed that he could not be defined as a spy and a traitor. He was just an ordinary person who dared to stand up in the face of injustice and he deserved to live upright.

And it was precisely this set of words that Yusaku used that made Satoko relax his vigilance. She thought that the chessboard between her and Yusaku contained only the love between the two, but she didn’t know that Yusaku’s chessboard might be the entire Pacific front, and she was the chess piece among them. She and Yusaku planned a big plan to split up in exile and meet in the United States, but she failed to leave the Kobe Pier. As for the film she carried with Yusaku, she was eventually proved not to be the evidence of Unit 731, but Yu as her. Amateur short film shot.

In the male game of power, the emotional woman is after all a discardable pawn. Perhaps the reason for Satoko’s abandonment was the unpredictability of her easily violating principles, but this unpredictability ultimately stems from her love for Yusaku; love is her biggest culpability. She tried to make her own voice in this battle about family and righteousness, but in the end she couldn’t escape the pitiful situation of being caught in the middle of the battlefield and being deceived, manipulated, and exploited by the two warring parties. In the end, she was nothing but a “spy’s wife”.

The story should have ended here, but Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Ryusuke Hamaguchi ingeniously added an end to the story. Satoko has been living in a mental hospital for several years after Yusaku defected privately, although she was completely normal. When the doctor who cared about her came to visit her and tried to take her out of the hospital, she rejected the other party’s proposal and asked without showing up:

“As a person who hasn’t gone crazy, how can I live in such a crazy age?”

After experiencing the engulfing and baptism of the vortex of the great era, Satoshi found a certain peace in the company of mental patients. After the dizzying use of historical dramas, suspense dramas, family melodramas and other genre elements, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Ryusuke Hamaguchi offered to the world, after all, a question of the times.

Because of his special profession, fashion blogger “Sister Ximen” has more than 300 pairs of shoes. Mumu and the team will put them out first, and then re-stack them according to the style, color and commonality and store them in the cloakroom.

The organizer Mu Mu once served a family, and there are so many things that can only be described as a “junk dump”-more than two hundred square meters of space, three generations of six people living in the same house, from the balcony to every corner of the house is full Most of them are impractical sundries-old cardboard boxes that have been accumulated for many years, things from the birth of the child to the present, and empty express boxes that have been stocked under the bed and cabinet…

In this situation, especially if there are elderly people at home, Mumu will not be forced to leave. Instead, he will renovate the compartments and layouts of the cabinets, buy storage tools, and keep more things, but he must also mark out one. Boundary-Mumu calls it “the boundary of desire.” “I will ask customers whether these cartons are for sale or for daily use. Then, according to the overall layout of the whole house, leave a certain space, such as a 20 cm cabinet to place the cartons. This space can meet daily use without It will seem messy. If it exceeds this range, I will recommend him to sell. In the end, the customer will find that a large stack of cartons may only be sold for 5 yuan, which is not worth hoarding for so long. In the process, his living habits will slowly To change.”

Swap space
On January 15, 2021, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security announced a number of newly-added occupations, and the organizer was listed among them. It was included in the category of “housekeeping attendants” and became a formal occupation recognized by the state.

In fact, the finishing industry has been quietly developing in China for nearly ten years. As a pioneer in this emerging industry, Mumu has helped hundreds of customers to organize their rooms. Her self-introduction on social platforms is: home blogger, space manager, and organizer. This also represents her knowledge of this industry-across many fields such as interior design, space planning, home display and storage.

She compares her work to exchanging space-in the case of not being able to change to a bigger house and go to great lengths to decorate, she enhances the sense of order by changing the layout and framework of the interior, so that every family member knows what they have. Where to put everything. “The value of tidying services is to improve the quality of life and comfort, so that people’s lives develop in a more benign direction.” Mumu said.

In addition to a large number of items, the lack of a sense of borders and a sense of personal space is also the status quo of many families, especially those with a large population-children’s pianos are in parents’ rooms, toys are piled in grandma’s rooms, and daughters’ and mother’s clothes are mixed together. ……Mu Mu generally first divides the space as a whole, so that everyone has a relatively independent space, and there will not be too much influence on each other. The family she has served will be maintained in half a year or a year. Although it is not as neat as the time, the basic framework is generally still there.

Organizer Xuan Yue (left) cleans up the children’s room at Sister Hou’s house. Hyun Yue has been in business for 4 years. She used to be a full-time mother. Now her daughter is in school, she uses her free time to come and organize

Clothes have been sorted into storage boxes

Comparison before and after finishing the children’s room. Sister Hou’s daughter came home from school and was surprised to see the changes in her room. She also had to learn how to fold clothes with her mother.

Comparison before and after finishing the children’s room. Sister Hou’s daughter came home from school and was surprised to see the changes in her room. She also had to learn how to fold clothes with her mother.

Buy, buy, buy
In recent years, with the improvement of people’s living standards, online shopping has become more and more convenient, and “buy, buy, buy” has become a trend. There are more and more items hoarded in the home, and the living space can hardly bear the surge of items, which intensifies the contradiction between people, space and items.

Mumu found that most of the customers she serves are constantly buying-buying new ones if they don’t have them, buying new ones if they can’t be found, and seldom consciously sorting out and summarizing what they already have.

She once met a female client complaining that she did not have a white shirt, and found a vacuum storage bag on the bottom of the closet. There were more than 20 white shirts in it, and some of them were still hanging tags. When she was tidying up the kitchen, she found a vacuum storage bag. The frozen meat that has been stored in the refrigerator for five years; I have screened from two drawers full of medicines, and in the end only a dozen band-aids are not expired; I have also found in the closet more than ten years that the customer has left in his pocket. The previous purchase of 50,000 yuan of financial management documents.

Liu Yuan had a shopping spree when her daughter was born. Whenever online promotions, order baby products such as diapers, hand and mouth wipes, and changing pads. Now my daughter is almost five years old, and there are still stocks at home. Children wear small clothes, play with leftover toys, and clothes that they have eliminated but are reluctant to throw away are all piled up in their mother’s house, and they continue to add new products to their home. My mother has lived with Liu Yuan in recent years, which is convenient for taking care of the children. Now the child is in kindergarten. My mother wants to have an independent space and move back to her own home, but it has become a “warehouse”.

Taking advantage of her mother’s outing, Liu Yuan invited a tidier to re-organize and organize her mother’s wardrobe, but she must follow the old man’s habit-“Nothing can be thrown away.” When the shawls, silk dresses, and dresses in the depths of the wardrobe, When the brand-new cheongsams were put out one by one, Liu Yuan was full of emotion-her mother was originally a fashionable old lady who paid attention to dressing. In recent years, she only wore sportswear because of her children. “Doing housekeeping is a gift I give to my mother, let her experience the latest service, and also a reward for her hard work. I hope that my mother will spend her twilight years in a warm and comfortable environment,” Liu Yuan said.

Who is paying
The second sister has been in the business for four years, and after making the first order, she knew that she would no longer do hosting-style housekeeping. “It’s not just messy, it’s also very dirty. The closet is gray and the kitchen is greasy.” And the work is particularly trivial, requiring great patience and physical strength. The customer who came to the house had more than a thousand pairs of socks, and the second sister folded the socks for four days. Compared to providing customers with a service result, the second sister is more willing to teach customers the logic and methods of sorting, and work with them, so she switched to service consulting and job training. Currently, she has helped more than 3,000 sorters to do industry analysis and Entry guidance.

“Some people say that we are high-level housekeeping, but we are much more tired than housekeeping. During the day, we go to the customer’s home to conduct field inspections, measurement and communication. At night, we will come up with a design plan. The next day, we will purchase cabinets and storage materials. Team door-to-door service,” Mu Mu believes that the work of a finishing division is a comprehensive test of brain power, physical power, IQ, and emotional quotient.

Cai Caihe team is serving at Liu Yuan’s house. The first is to spread out all the clothes out of the closet and drawers

Cai Cai and the team are having lunch. Door-to-door tidying usually lasts for a few days, during which the tidier’s meals are provided by the customer, sometimes with the customer, sometimes called takeaway

The wardrobe after finishing. Taking advantage of her mother’s trip, Liu Yuan invited a tidier to re-organize and organize her mother’s wardrobe, but she must follow the old man’s habit-“nothing can be thrown away”

At present, there is no uniform charging standard for the finishing industry. Some are charged according to working hours, but more are charged according to the number of meters in the cabinet at home. The charge for one meter is about 1,000 yuan. Usually a team of two or three people to a dozen people, depending on the workload, it can be as short as one or two days, and as long as ten days to complete. The scope of services covers all corners of the house-wardrobe, bedroom, kitchen, children’s room, study, etc.

In December 2020, the “2020 China Sorting Industry White Paper” jointly released by Liucundao School of Management and Sina Leju Finance shows that the current sorting services in China, from first-tier to third-tier cities, are the main consumers of post-80s, accounting for 60%; 90 It followed closely behind, accounting for 20%. Sorting out the client’s professional background, the top four are corporate executives, entrepreneurs, corporate white-collar workers, and programmers.

Most of Mumu’s customers are high-income groups such as artists and bloggers. But she can clearly feel that there are more and more young white-collar workers and small-sized single customers in the past two years. “Spending half a month or even a whole month’s salary to hire someone to sort it out is not a small expense, but they will feel that this matter may improve their lives more than buying a bag or changing a mobile phone.”

Last year’s epidemic also had an impact on the finishing industry. People stay at home for two to three months, and they have higher expectations for the quality of the home. After the epidemic stabilized, the door-to-door cleaning up ushered in a climax. Mu Mu remembers that the first order he received after the epidemic was a couple who rented a room of 50 or 60 square meters. They booked the service on the day the ban was lifted in the community. I didn’t cook before, and I’ve never lived at home for so long. Suddenly I bought pots and pans, and I had to cook every day. There were so many things in the kitchen. Mumu made a spatial transformation in the kitchen, letting all kinds of items fall into place, and equipped with some storage supplies. The charge for that order is more than five thousand.

The second sister is now sharing with others, and her cabinets in the kitchen are neatly organized

Second sister’s earrings storage. Became a “beijing drifter” at the age of 30. The second sister now shares an apartment with others. Her bedroom is only 10 square meters, but the layout is well-organized. She said she would not affect her quality of life because of the change in her housing

Habits can be guided
Because the training courses require materials and cases, the second sister has visited some customers’ homes and has a deep feeling about parent-child education. She sees many families spending a lot of money and energy to train their children to learn to paint and learn piano, but their homes are messy. “Instead of this, is it more cost-effective to teach children to organize skills and to teach them to take care of their lives? Many young people now use work as an excuse to ignore their lives. They eat takeout every day, and the family is in a mess. Parents know that they are A child who has worked so hard to cultivate, his life is like this, will he feel distressed?”

The second sister once owned two well-decorated properties in Guangdong, but they were all sold due to some changes. At the age of 30, he became a “beijing drifter” and shared an apartment with others. My current bedroom is only 10 square meters, but it is well arranged. She will not affect her quality of life because of the change in her housing. “If you are really a person who is good at organizing, you will also be good at sorting out your own heart, especially when you encounter setbacks, you will not be influenced by the messy negative emotions, you can have clear goals and face it positively.”

Cai Cai is the mother of two children and a finishing teacher. She used to work in a state-owned enterprise. By chance, she participated in a training class on tidying skills. The intention was to clean up her home and give her children a comfortable environment. She slowly discovered that she was very interested in this industry.

She still remembers an experience of tidying up a children’s room. It was the room of a three-year-old boy. The child was territorial, thinking that he would throw away his toys for tidying up the room. He cried and made noises. Later, grandma took him out to play all day, and when he came back at night, he saw the changes in his room. Cai Cai told him that now your car has a parking lot, Lego has found a home, and the toy will go home at night. The child’s imitating ability is particularly strong. He happily went to get the toy and put it back in place after playing. Before leaving, the boy said to Cai Cai: “Auntie, you did a great job.”

Being able to get a child’s approval gave Cai Cai an unprecedented sense of accomplishment. “He didn’t accept us from the beginning, and finally affirmed our work. I was very impressed. At the same time, it also let the parents see the child’s habit formation. It can be guided.”

The second sister is photographing her bedroom

The second sister is making a video program. She spreads the service content, work flow and storage skills of the organizer through self-made short video programs.

Mumu has been cooperating with fashion blogger “Sister Ximen” for more than three years. Every season, Mumu will come to take care of her cloakroom. Pack all the bags, take pictures and record

Put the necklace in a dust bag and then sort it into the drawer

Mumu arranges shoes according to style, color and commonality

New career pattern
At the end of last year, the second sister resigned from the sorting organization and started consulting on sorting services by herself. She has taken a fancy to the connection between the finishing industry and every family, especially the “old broken small” home renovation and small apartment soft decoration layout. She plans to record a short video of home service to show the service content, work flow, and storage of the finishing division. Information about skills and charging standards are disseminated.

At the end of February, the second sister released the first “one mirror to the end” self-made video work on the Internet-sorting and summarizing the 20-year old house of her parents’ family. The total number of clicks exceeded 90,000. There were some messages asking about vocational training and door-to-door service. detail. She hopes to spend a year to make a story column about the finishing industry and form her own IP and influence.

As a new profession, finishing division currently has no national-level professional qualification certification, only agency certification. Because the content of its work involves the protection of the client’s property and privacy, a relatively strict professional norms and standards are required. Many organizer teams have explored a relatively mature work process in practice, such as installing cameras to monitor the whole process, signing non-disclosure agreements with customers in need, uniform dressing for employees, and no stuff in their pockets. , Backpacks are placed at the door… through these self-regulations to avoid risks.

Some time ago, the news of “organizing and summarizing more than 40% of the practitioners in the industry, with an annual income of more than 100,000 yuan” was popular on Weibo. The second sister is not only gratified for the attention of the finishing industry, but also worried about the exaggerated reports. “The finishing engineer is a freelance job, which means that the income is unstable. Is a monthly income of more than 10,000 yuan or more than 10,000 yuan a month? Net income is still flowing? Can I accept at least one year of unstable income? These are all things that practitioners need to consider.”

The second sister believes that although the occupational threshold of the organizer is low and the reproducibility is strong, there is still a broad space for development in the future. Just like selling crayfish, some are food stalls, tens of yuan per pot, some are made into chain ^ 10 yuan a piece, and some thousands of yuan. The vision and pattern of the practitioners determine the level of customers and also determine their own charging level.

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