The Rio Grind Film Festival Presents: Dragnet Girl with Live Score by Coupler
8:00pm - Friday, Nov 22, 2019
Experience Japanese master filmmaker Yasujirô Ozu's thrilling 1933 silent gangster tale DRAGNET GIRL with an original score performed live by ambient/electric trio Coupler.
Special thanks to our community partners, VIFF Live and the Vancouver Asian Film Festival for their support.
Friday, November 22
Doors 7:00 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Advance tickets $25 | $30 at the door
*Minors welcome! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
**Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.
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About the Band:
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 trio toured it on the east coast, including an engagement at NYC's renowned Film at Lincoln Center.
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About the Film:
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. 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.
"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
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