Cast & Crew
Following the death of her husband in 1945, Akiko, a deafmute, returns to her mother's home. While attending the alumni meeting of her school, she meets Michio Katayama, also a deafmute, who falls in love with her. The young man persuades Akiko to marry him by convincing her that through love and understanding they can overcome their handicap. But their life is not a happy one. Their first-born dies in infancy; Akiko's hoodlum brother sells his mother's house, thereby forcing the old woman to move into Akiko's home; and the couple struggle to earn their living by shining shoes. With the birth of a second child, Akiko's mother gives her a gold ring with which to buy a sewing machine and start a little business at home. But the delinquent brother sells the machine, and Akiko runs away from home to commit suicide. Michio follows and persuades her not to give up hope. With the coming of spring, their son is graduated with honors from elementary school. On the same day Akiko is visited by an orphan, now grown to manhood, whom she rescued during a World War II air raid. Akiko realizes that, despite her handicap, she has been able to function as both wife and mother.
Released in Japan in 1961 as Namonaku mazushiku utsukushiku; running time: 131 min.