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Hijôsen no onna (1933)

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 (as Joji Oka)
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 Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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who you callin static?
24 April 2001 | by liehtzuSee all my reviews

ozu's ultimate triumph of style over substance, a slick gangster/juvenile delinquency picture starring a very young kinuyo tanaka. tanaka's the girl who's an office worker whose boss has a fondness for sexual harassment (in many ways it's a similar role to the one isuzu yamada played in mizoguchi's "osaka story" a couple years later). she meets and falls for a local thug and they turn to petty crime. from what i've read ozu barely remembers this one, one of the many potboilers he churned out in the 20s and 30s, but it still shows he had fun making it. the film may come as a shock to those who are used to the rather static camerawork of ozu's later films - lots of cool dollies, lush photography, great noir-ish lighting, and a meticulous attention to minor detail. ozu's primary influence at this point in his career seems to be joseph von sternberg, there's an extraordinary amount of clutter in almost every frame (look at the later films and you'll see that sternberg's one of the few western influences ozu never quite discarded). still, lots of "pillow shots," direct closeups, along with some low-level shots for those who like to point out that ozu only ever had one camera position. great fun, even if it is silent and i can't read japanese intertitles (a subplot about a friend in trouble lost me).


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