Gosho’s most celebrated film both in Japan and the West, Where Chimneys Are Seen is perhaps the most compelling example of his concern for, and insights into, the everyday lives of lower-middle-class people.
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It's easy to see why Where Chimney Are Seen is considered as one of the great Japanese post-war movies and one of the best examples of shomin-geki or home drama. It's as intimate as a film gets. And this emotional specificity is what allows Gosho to visually correlate it to the larger scale of humanity and collective consciousness. The metaphorical use of the titular Chimneys is especially noteworthy.