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Dragnet Girl (1933)

Hijôsen no onna (original title)
A gangster tries to find redemption with the inadvertent help of an innocent shop girl and his jealous girlfriend will do anything to keep him.

Director:

Yasujirô Ozu

Writers:

Tadao Ikeda, Yasujirô Ozu (story) (as James Maki)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Tokiko
Jôji Oka Jôji Oka ... Jyoji
Sumiko Mizukubo Sumiko Mizukubo ... Kazuko
Kôji Mitsui ... Hiroshi (as Hideo Mitsui)
Yumeko Aizome Yumeko Aizome ... Misako
Yoshio Takayama Yoshio Takayama ... Senko
Koji Kaga Koji Kaga ... Misawa
Yasuo Nanjo Yasuo Nanjo ... Okazaki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shunsaku Kashima Shunsaku Kashima ... Bad guy at Dance Hall
Seiji Nishimura Seiji Nishimura ... Policeman
Chishû Ryû ... Policeman
Nobuo Takemura Nobuo Takemura ... Boss at Boxing Club
Reikô Tani Reikô Tani ... Secretary
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Storyline

Tokiko is an office typist who is more pleased at catching the owner's son attention than he knows. That's because her real boyfriend is Joji, a washed up boxer turned gangster and her employer is a great opportunity to milk him for them both. However, when Kazuko, the innocent sister of Hiroshi, a hopeful new member of the gang, comes to Joji to plead with him to send Hiroshi away, the gangster is warmly affected by her. However, Tokiko is jealous and determined to win Joji back no matter what the cost while Joji has his own decisions to make about his life. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 April 1933 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Dragnet Girl See more »

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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References All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) See more »

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14 January 2019 | by treywillwestSee all my reviews

I've enjoyed few silent films as much as this wonderful gangster movie from none other than Yasujiro Ozu, best known for his brilliantly ponderous family dramas of the talkie era. The silent films of Ozu, whose sound films are considered so very "eastern" by western viewers, are eye-brow raisingly informed by Hollywood aesthetics. Indeed, some of his early crime films such as this one, perhaps invented important aspects of what would become known as Hollywood genre tropes. A tale of the intimate lives and feelings of seemingly hardened underworld denizens, Dragnet Girl discovers the world of Noir years before John Huston in Maltese Falcon or, for that matter, Marcel Carne in Le Jour se Leve, walked on that ground. And while Dragnet Girl precedes the films that were to be labeled Noir, it also in many ways transcends them. For Ozu has no use for the dreary fatalism that would characterize the American, German or French crime film. For these characters, these criminals, are not simplistically doomed. Their paths are shaped more by their feelings for each other than their violation of any moral code. This makes the narrative truly unpredictable and moving.


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