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91 Ratings

Dragnet Girl

非常線の女 | Hijōsen no Onna

Directed by Yasujirô Ozu
Japan, 1933
Drama, Silent, Crime


Joji, a washed up boxer turned gangster, tries to find redemption with the inadvertent help of an innocent shop girl but his jealous girlfriend Tokiko will do anything to keep him.

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Dragnet Girl Directed by Yasujirô Ozu
Dragnet Girl is packed with so much visual bravado—unexpected, rhythmic editing choices, as in a distinctly musical cut from a jump-roping kid to a bass being slapped in a nightclub; stunning, Josef von Sternberg–esque chiaroscuro compositions; smooth tracking shots; forced perspectives—that it’s easy to overlook the emotional complexity with which Ozu and screenwriter Tadao Ikeda sketch the film’s array of characters.
April 24, 2015
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Alongside Walk Cheerfully’s gangsters-going-straight yarn and That Night’s Wife’s melancholic chamber drama, Dragnet Girl emerges as the plottiest of the three… Ozu’s treatment of this gangster underworld as something dispersed throughout contemporary society contrasts the more withdrawn presentation of criminal activity in the prior two films, and yet, even with the uptick in macho rottenness, empathy reigns.
April 19, 2015
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[Dragnet Girl’s] distinctive, highly inflected manner suggests what Ozu both lost and gained with sound. Some of the dramatic sequences of this film, with their posed, tenderly expressive dramatic dialogue (here conveyed in title cards), could fit recognizably into his later work. Other sequences, featuring elaborate camera work that calls exaggerated attention to decorative objects, contrasts of light, reflections, and sudden movements, are hard to find in his sound films.
April 15, 2015
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