When Chimneys Are Seen (1953)

Run Time - 108 min.  |  
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Starring the wildly popular Kinuyo Tanaka, as Hiroko Ogata, Where Chimneys Are Seen tells the simple story of Hiroko's and her husband Ryukichi's attempts to find peace and happiness. Childless at the film's opening, the couple suddenly acquires a baby when Hiroko's first husband leaves his child at their doorstep. Living in a small apartment, the couple care for the child but its crying (in a marvelous use of sound typical of Gosho) frays their nerves and erodes their relationship. Events reach a fever pitch when Hiroko attempts to commit suicide but is unsuccessful. In the aftermath. Hiroko and Ryukichi re-evaluate what is important to them and decide to stay together and keep the child.