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Being Two Isn’t Easy
Directed by Kon Ichikawa • 1962 • Japan
Starring Hirro Suzuki, Fujiko Yamamoto, Eiji Funakoshi
You can say that again! The days leading up to a toddler’s second birthday are seen alternately from the adorable youngster’s point of view and from the perspective of his anxious parents as they navigate the ups, downs, and endless uncertainties of raising a child. Unfolding within the confines of a cramped apartment in 1960s suburban Tokyo, this gentle slice-of-life comedy from director Kon Ichikawa offers an at once humorous and incisive look at the dynamics of postwar Japanese family life.