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DRAGNET GIRL - Directed by Yasujiro Ozu (1933) Arguably the most interesting film of the great
Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu's silent period, the 1933 film-noir classic, Dragnet Girl, makes you forget everything you thought you knew about Ozu. Heavily influenced by American gangster films of the time,
especially Josef von Sternberg (with a bit of Fritz Lang thrown in for good measure), the film is both stylish, and
full of rich expressionistic detail, moody noir-ish lighting, and fluid camera work. Set in the vice-ridden port
city of Yokohama, gangsters and their dames are sharply dressed in flashy attire and hang out in boxing clubs, nightclubs, poolrooms, and on the street. Tokiko (Kinuyo Tanaka) works as a typist in a business office, warding off the leering advances of the boss' son, but at night she is a gun-toting gangster moll, living with Joji, ex-boxer and small-time gangster. When the two cross paths with a young brother and sister (a gangster wannabe and a
stereotypical "good girl"), fateful complications cause their lives to untangle uncontrollably leading to an emotional climax which involves the only gun-shot fired in any Ozu film.

This was Ozu's last film in the gangster genre, and the influence of his love for old Hollywood films are very evident in its style and substance. Dragnet Girl is irresistibly inviting pulp film-making at its best. Loaded
with sweeping style (tracking shots, stylistic flourishes, and memorable use of shadow) Dragnet Girl is an effective mix of suspense, comedy, and melodrama. It is fun because this is a rare look at Ozu in an uncharacteristically "busy" mode of film-making. We know that Ozu studied the cutting times of American films, and reputedly, he used a stopwatch on the set in his attempt to make Dragnet Girl as "American-fast" as he could, yet the perfect rhythm, master control of visual storytelling, and trademark visual motifs
still make Dragnet Girl unmistakeably Ozu.

This is a silent film, and no original music track for this film is known to exist. While Ozu did not approve of music reinforcing or underlining the content of his films, if the absence of sound bothers you, any non-distracting late 20s/early 30s instrumental jazz could be played in the background. However, you may find the power of this
film's imagery may soon make you forget its silence. Take a look at the screen shots!

Presented in its original 4:3 Aspect Ratio.

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