• Japan
  • 1932
  • 79 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

In No Blood Relation, a gripping early example of Mikio Naruse’s cinematic boldness, featuring a screenplay by Ozu’s famed collaborator Kogo Noda, an actress returns to Tokyo after a successful stint in Hollywood to reclaim—with the help of her gangster brother—the daughter she abandoned years before.

Cast

Shunsaku AtsumiShinyo Nara
Masako, Atsumi’s wifeYukiko Tsukuba
Shigeko, Atsumi’s daughterHisako Kojima
Kishiyo, Atsumi’s motherFumiko Katsuragi
Masaya KusakabeJoji Oka
Tamae KiyookaYoshiko Okada
Keiji MakinoIchiro Yuki
Gen the PelicanShozaburo Abe

Credits

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