No Blood Relation

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No Blood Relation
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Jōji Oka and Yoshiko Okada in No Blood Relation
Directed byMikio Naruse
Written by
  • Kogo Noda
  • Shunyo Yanagawa (novel)
CinematographySuketaro Inokai
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • December 16, 1932 (1932-12-16) (Japan)
Running time
79 minutes[1]

No Blood Relation (生さぬ仲, Nasanu naka) is a 1932 Japanese silent drama film directed by Mikio Naruse, based on a novel by Shunyo Yanagawa.[1][2][3] It is the first surviving feature-length film by the director.


After five years overseas, star actress Tamae returns to Japan to reunite with her daughter Shigeko, whom she left behind with her then husband Atsumi in favour of her career. In her absence, Atsumi has married again, and the bond between Shigeko and her stepmother Masako has grown as strong as between a blood-related child and mother. When Atsumi's company goes bankrupt and his family is forced to move to lower-class surroundings, Tamae sees her chance to lure Shigeko away, but eventually has to accept that her wealth can't compensate for Shigeko's and Masako's mutual love.


  • Yoshiko Okada as Tamae Kiyooka
  • Shin'yō Nara as Shunsaku Atsumi
  • Yukiko Tsukuba as Masako, Atsumi's wife
  • Toshiko Kojima as Shigeko, Atsumi's daughter
  • Fumiko Katsuragi as Kishiyo, Atsumi's mother
  • Jōji Oka as Masaya Kusakabe
  • Ichirō Yūki as Keiji Makino
  • Shozaburo Abe as "Gen the Pelican"


Naruse biographer Catherine Russell linked No Blood Relation to other Naruse films of the same era like Three Sisters With Maiden Hearts, Wife! Be Like a Rose! and The Girl in the Rumor, by using the both popular and controversial figure of the moga (modern Japanese girl with Western values and Western fashion style), who contrasted with another woman or sister.[4]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c "No Blood Relation". Japanese Movie Database (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  2. ^ "生さぬ仲 (No Blood Relation)". Kinenote (in Japanese). Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  3. ^ Goble, Alan (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. p. 513. ISBN 978-3-11-095194-3.
  4. ^ Russell, Catherine (2008). The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity. Durham and London: Duke University Press. pp. 115–116. ISBN 978-0-8223-4290-8.

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