Kyoko: Isn’t life disappointing?
Noriko: [smiles] Yes, it is.

— quote from Tokyo Monogatari

This is one of my favourite parts of the film by Yasujiro Ozu. It’s a conversation between two young women- the faithful, kind-hearted Noriko, who’s experienced pain and sorrow, and her young sister-in-law Kyoko, still innocent and on the cusp of adulthood. Given the status of women in traditional Japanese society, I find these moments precious and astonishingly revealing.

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