Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
Original title: Hijosen no Onna
Japan, 1933. Shochiku Company. Story by Yasujiro Ozu, Screenplay by Tadao Ikeda. Cinematography by Hideo Shigehara. Production Design by Yonekazu Wakita. Costume Design by Ko Saito. Film Editing by Kazuo Ishikawa, Minoru Kuribayashi.
Yasujiro Ozu makes a crime thriller and, not surprisingly, most of it takes place in the domestic sphere. The dragnet girl of the title is an office typist who is also the girlfriend to a shady gangster, assisting him in pulling off cons for money. After a young student joins the gangster’s circle and gets involved in their bad business, his traditional and kindly sister shows up and captures the gang leader’s attention. Feeling threatened by this woman, our heroine threatens her but then finds herself drawn to her as well, inspired to lead a better life and, in turn, trying to do the same for her man. It’s not the most deeply felt or captivating yarn that Ozu ever put on screen, but the delicacy of the acting and the beauty of the clothing and lighting make it worthwhile.