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Naruse Mikio's Sannin-shimai is a down-to-earth description of life in Tokyo in the 1930s when both Japan and most of the world were in economic depression. The three sisters at Asakusa, the low-life part of Tokyo, have to work hard for their lives as well as for broken romance.
O-ren, the eldest sister, is the toughest and the first to leave the family and the hahaoya but with much hardship and disappointment. She was followed by the second sister O-some, who is more understanding and more compromising. The youngest sister is the luckiest of them all, being more cherished by Mom when, I suppose, there is less hardship with more saving from the miser and hard-hearted hahaoya during her better life-time.
It is good to see three such otome-gokoro (maiden-hearted) ladies traddling their lives in pre-war Japan and tried best to solve their economic and emotional problems which may be of good relevance to those of us at present who may need to face poor economic environments and possible global breakout of world-wide conflict and or depression in the coming future, such as those in Europe which is full with immigrants from Midde-East or in Japan which is suffering from post-tsunami depression and emotional turmoil.
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