Dragnet Girl

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Dragnet Girl
Japanese 非常線の女
Hepburn Hijōsen no Onna
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Kinuyo Tanaka and Joji Oka in Dragnet Girl
Directed by Yasujirō Ozu
Screenplay by Tadao Ikeda
Story by James Maki (Yasujirō Ozu)
Starring Kinuyo Tanaka
Joji Oka
Sumiko Mizukubo
Cinematography Hideo Mohara
Edited by Kazuo Ishikawa
Minoru Kuribayashi
Release date
  • April 27, 1933 (1933-04-27)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Dragnet Girl (非常線の女, Hijōsen no Onna) is a 1933 Japanese silent gangster film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. Written by Tadao Ikeda, the film tells the story of a gangster and his girlfriend finding redemption through the actions of an innocent girl and her not-so-innocent brother.


Tokiko (Kinuyo Tanaka) is a typist and the girlfriend of a small-time gangster, Joji (Joji Oka). A student, Hiroshi (Kōji Mitsui), joins the gang. When Joji begins to fall for Hiroshi's sister, Kazuko (Sumiko Mizukubo), Tokiko decides to scare her rival away. However, Tokiko takes a liking to Kazuko and decides to reform. Joji throws Tokiko out, but she soon returns and convinces him to give up his life of crime.

Meanwhile, Hiroshi has stolen money from the shop where his sister works. Joji and Tokiko rob Tokiko's boss and give the money to Hiroshi so that he can pay back the money he stole.

Pursued by the police, Tokiko entreats Joji to surrender. When he refuses, she shoots him. Police officers close in as the couple embrace.[1]


Home media[edit]

On March 18, 2013, the British Film Institute released the film on Region 2 DVD as part of The Gangster Films collection, along with Walk Cheerfully (1930), That Night's Wife (1930), and the surviving fragment of A Straightforward Boy (1929).[2]

The Criterion Collection released the film for Region 1 on April 21, 2015, along with Ozu's Walk Cheerfully and That Night's Wife, as part of a DVD boxset through its Eclipse series.[3][4][5]

Cinematic release[edit]

The film was shown in a number of venues across Scotland in 2014, as part of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, with live musical accompaniment by Jane Gardner (piano), Roddy Long (violin) and Hazel Morrison (percussion). This new score was also composed by Jane Gardner.[6]


  1. ^ Bordwell, David (1988). Ozu and the Poetics of Cinema. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 244. ISBN 0-85170-158-2. 
  2. ^ http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_25038.html
  3. ^ "Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu—Three Crime Dramas". The Criterion Collection. The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Dragnet Girl (1933)". The Criterion Collection. The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Eclipse Series 42: Silent Ozu — Three Crime Dramas DVD". Blu-ray.com. Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema on Tour". Falkirk Community Trust. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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