This sophisticated, layered adaptation of Mariko Yamauchi’s novel looks at life in contemporary Tokyo from the perspectives of two women. Hanako, a child of wealth and privilege, finds herself isolated when her engagement ends and her family pushes her to find another husband among their elevated social echelon. Miki arrives in Tokyo from a less affluent small-town life to build a new life.
When the aristocracy lawyer Koichiro enters both of their lives, a love-triangle forms. Sode questions how boundaries and hierarchies of class and gender intertwine in a nuanced tale of female friendship. An intelligent and engaging exploration of the traditional roles and expectations of women in Japan.
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