Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My heart seems to be waiting—for something.

KYOKO
Isn't life disappointing?

NORIKO
Yet, it is.

— Yasujiro Ozu and Koga Noda, Tokyo Story: The Ozu/Noda Screenplay, translated by Donald Richie and Eric Klestadt, Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press, 2003, p. 122.

Yes, but also:


SHUKICHI
Mother said she'd never seen a nicer woman than you.

NORIKO
She overestimated me.

SHUKICHI
You're wrong, Noriko.

NORIKO
She did. I'm not the nice woman she thought I was. If you see me like that—it embarrasses me.

SHUKICHI
No, it shouldn't.

NORIKO
No, really I'm quite selfish. Whatever you may imagine, I'm not always thinking of your son.

SHUKICHI
I'd be happy if you'd forget him.

NORIKO
There are days when I don't think of him at all . . . Then sometimes I feel that I just cannot go on like this. Sometimes at night I lie and wonder what will become of me if I stay this way. The days pass and nothing happens. I feel a kind of impatience. My heart seems to be waiting—for something. Oh, yes, I'm selfish.

SHUKICHI
You are not.

NORIKO
Yes, I am. But I couldn't tell Mother this.

SHUKICHI
That's all right. You are a truly good woman. An honest woman.

NORIKO
Not at all.
SHUKICHI gets up and from a drawer brings a woman's watch . . . .

— Ibid., p. 125.

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