— 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.KYOKOIsn't life disappointing?
NORIKOYes, it is.
Yes, but also:
SHUKICHI gets up and from a drawer brings a woman's watch . . . .SHUKICHIMother said she'd never seen a nicer woman than you.
NORIKOShe overestimated me.
SHUKICHIYou're wrong, Noriko.
NORIKOShe did. I'm not the nice woman she thought I was. If you see me like that—it embarrasses me.
SHUKICHINo, it shouldn't.
NORIKONo, really I'm quite selfish. Whatever you may imagine, I'm not always thinking of your son.
SHUKICHII'd be happy if you'd forget him.
NORIKOThere 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.
SHUKICHIYou are not.
NORIKOYes, I am. But I couldn't tell Mother this.
SHUKICHIThat's all right. You are a truly good woman. An honest woman.
NORIKONot at all.
— Ibid., p. 125.