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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ozu Crime
6 May 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

Who knew there was the Japanese jazz scene, with men hanging out, smoking cigarettes and dressing like hoodlums -- it all seems so American, much like Ozu's "Walk Cheerfully" made Japanese gangsters circa 1930 look American. Maybe the "American gangster" is not such a strictly American thing after all.

Of Ozu's silent crime films, this is the one that seems to be the most well known. At least, it is the only one that actually has a Wikipedia page (as of May 2015). This period needs more examination. There is more to world cinema in the 1930s than what most of us take for granted.


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