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A trilogy illuminating the 20th century--the most turbulent 100 years in the history of Japan--through the lives of three women. Popular actress Matsushima Nanako portrays a mother, her daughter, and her great-granddaughter in three stories from three different writers. We learn about the times through the life of each heroine.
Episode 1: A Tempest of Love and Hate
Aya, a college student, is the pampered only daughter of a wealthy landowner. She is attracted to Kota, the son of a tenant farmer, but their love can never be. When Aya discovers that Kota must give up his dream of becoming an artist for financial reasons, Aya goads him into seeking success in Tokyo. Aya's father loses his fortune in a business venture and she is forced into a marriage of convenience. Aya finds herself under the thumb of her mother-in-law Ito, and ignored by her husband Heikichi....
Episode 2: When There Is Love
The year is 1949, four years after the end of World War II. Life is slowly returning to normal in Tokyo, which had been the target of air strikes near the end of the war. Aya's daughter Junko is arrested by mistake in a crackdown on prostitutes. She is saved by Kazuo, an American nisei. Kazuo later saves Junko's brother Shinichi when he gets into an altercation with an American soldier who had raped Shinichi's girlfriend a year ago. Meanwhile, Junko's uncle, who has returned from war, drops in for a visit....
Episode 3: Only Love
The year is 2000, just months before the turn of the millennium. Junko's granddaughter Chiyo was abandoned by her mother as a child, and her father had died early. Shinji, a former boxer out on parole, has his eye on her. Chiyo gets a call from her long-lost mother, who says she lives in America but would like to come to visit Chiyo. Chiyo is shocked when that very day, Shinji shows her an old picture of a woman who looks just like her, that he says has been in his home for years. A few days later, Chiyo receives a letter from her mother asking her to come to America instead....
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