Dragnet Girl with Live Score by Coupler

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Japan | 1933 | 100 minutes | Yasujirō Ozu

November 21, 2019

Yasujiro Ozu's silent classic with a new score performed live by Coupler! A gangster tries to find redemption with the inadvertent help of an innocent shop girl and his jealous girlfriend will do anything to keep him.

Co-presented by KEXP.

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this screening.

This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a hardened career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured older sister of a newly initiated young hoodlum-a relationship that provokes the jealousy of Joji's otherwise patient moll, Tokiko. With effortlessly cool performances and visual inventiveness, Dragnet Girl is a bravura work from Yasujiro Ozu.

Description courtesy of Janus Films

"As the film noir expert Eddie Muller has noted, when Dragnet Girl was rediscovered in the 1970s, many critics had to expand their perceptions of Yasujiro Ozu, the Japanese director whose gently understated intergenerational family dramas had earned him a global reputation as a master. By contrast, this early-1930s silent gangster drama finds Ozu tipping his hat to the Hollywood pictures of the period."—Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times

Coupler was begun as a solo project by Lambchop alum Ryan Norris in 2012. Its membership has occasionally swollen to eight, but its core is Norris along with Rodrigo Avendano and Rollum Haas. Coupler's original score for Ozu's 1933 silent film Dragnet Girl premiered at The Belcourt in Nashville in May of 2018. Since that time, the band toured it on the east coast, including an engagement at NYC's renowned Film at Lincoln Center.

  • Director: Yasujirō Ozu
  • Principal Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Jôji Oka, Sumiko Mizukubo, Kôji Mitsui
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1933
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Screenplay: Yasujirō Ozu, Tadao Ikeda
  • Cinematographers: Hideo Shigehara
  • Language: Japanese