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No Blood Relation (1932)

Nasanunaka (original title)
An actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim - with the help of her gangster brother - the daughter she abandoned years before.

Director:

Mikio Naruse

Writers:

Shunyo Yanagawa (novel), Kôgo Noda
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Cast

Cast overview:
Yoshiko Okada Yoshiko Okada ... Tamae Kiyooka
Shin'yô Nara Shin'yô Nara ... Shunsaku Atsumi
Yukiko Tsukuba Yukiko Tsukuba ... Masako, Atsumi's wife
Toshiko Kojima Toshiko Kojima ... Shigeko, Atsumi's daughter
Fumiko Katsuragi Fumiko Katsuragi ... Kishiyo, Atsumi's mother
Jôji Oka Jôji Oka ... Masaya Kusakabe (as Joji Oka)
Ichirô Yûki Ichirô Yûki ... Keiji Makino
Shozaburo Abe Shozaburo Abe ... Gen the Pelican
Ken'ichi Miyajima Ken'ichi Miyajima ... Secretary
Kanji Kawahara Kanji Kawahara ... Detective
Kenji Ôyama Kenji Ôyama ... Lodger
Kikuko Hanaoka Kikuko Hanaoka ... Waitress
Tomio Aoki Tomio Aoki ... Neighbour's child
Ryuko Fuji Ryuko Fuji ... Boarding house lady
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An actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim - with the help of her gangster brother - the daughter she abandoned years before.

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

16 December 1932 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

No Blood Relation See more »

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Runtime:

| (16 mm)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Excellent
13 May 2012 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A touching melodrama about a custody battle. Yoshiko Okada plays an actress who has won fame and fortune making movies in America. She now returns to Japan hoping to reunite with her six year-old daughter, who currently believes her ex-husband's second wife (Yukiko Tsukuba) is her biological mother. The ex-husband is sent to prison for mismanaging his company's funds, and the wealthy actress has an advantage over the now destitute Tsukuba. The film initially comes off as morally simplistic - Okada is the Westernized woman who is palling around with her two criminal brothers (the younger of whom provides some entertaining comic relief, but in general they aren't very useful characters) and Tsukuba is the noble, more traditionally Japanese woman who's willing to throw herself in front of a car to save her stepdaughter - but the characterization is beautifully done. In the end, both Okada and Tsukuba come off as sympathetic. Okada is the clear MVP among the actors - her final moment in particular is incredible. The little girl is absolutely adorable. Some things could be clearer. I was never clear who exactly the guy with the beard who helps Tsukuba was supposed to be. A friend? A brother? I feel like I missed something there. The filmmaking is wonderfully dynamic - tons of pans and tracking shots and perfectly edited. This one is pretty close to great.


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