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Where Chimneys Are Seen

With 100 films to his credit, Heinosuke Gosho was one of Japan's most prolific and respected directors, but his work remains relatively unknown in America. This sentimental social drama, about two couples brought together by an abandoned baby, suggests a melodramatic sensibility backed by a complicated camera style. Gosho's images are sometimes as baroque as Mizoguchi's, but they lack the master's deeper resonance. Perhaps this isn't the best example of Gosho's work, but it whets one's appetite. With Kinuyo Tanaka, Ken Uehara, and Hideko Takamine (1953).

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