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Mikio Naruse Japan, 1932

Holyphool's rating of the film No Blood Relation

Naruse's very beautifully structured tale of a young girl with two competing mothers, seems to belong to the classical Ozu melodrama, almost Sirkian, in its weaving of the battle of emotions; but it also has a comedic quality (2 buffoon gangsters), as well as its daring, swooping tracking shots in moments of high emotion, and dizzying editing, along with real locations that give it a very modernist feel.