Live musical accompaniment by Coupler
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In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the musical collective Coupler will play a live score for Yasujiro Ozu’s silent masterpiece Dragnet Girl. Commissioned by Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre in 2018 and recently performed at the Big Ears Festival, their composition is eerie and full of intrigue, with bright synthesizer tones, horn harmonies, and tessellated drum machines painting the film in a lurid light.
This formally accomplished and psychologically complex gangster tale pivots on the growing attraction between Joji, a career criminal, and Kazuko, the sweet-natured sister of a young hoodlum. The relationship 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. Synopsis courtesy of Janus Films/Criterion Collection. (Dir.: Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1933, 100 min., 35mm, B&W, English intertitles)