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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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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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Quotes

Tokiko: I understand why you fell for her. I've fallen for her too.
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References The Champ (1931) See more »

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Yasujiro von Sternberg
13 December 2003 | by alsolikelifeSee all my reviews

Josef von Sternberg doesn't get as much mention as Frank Borzage or Ernst Lubitsch as an early Ozu influence, but those familiar with the dense arrangement of objects onscreen in Sternberg films may see the resemblance in both early and late Ozu films. This moody, expressionist pre-noir potboiler exhibits plenty of inspired clutter (most memorably the RCA Victor dog) and stylistic fluorishes (tracking shots, pull shots, and memorable use of shadow) as it tells the story of a gangster and his good-girl-gone-bad moll (Kinuyo Tanaka) as they experience an spiritual awakening through the good graces of an innocent girl. Redemption seems to be a recurring motif in Ozu's gangster movies (WALK CHEEFULLY, THAT NIGHT'S WIFE), and one wonders if bad guy heroes turning themselves in is a convention of the genre or indicative of Ozu's feelings about the criminal life he was assigned to depict. Whatever the case, the climax (involving the single gunshot fired in the entire existing Ozu canon) is as suspenseful and emotionally powerful as anything Ozu filmed.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

None | 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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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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