When a Woman Ascends the Stairs When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Mikio Naruse

 
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1960
  • 111 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #377

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse’s finest hour—a delicate, devastating study of a woman, Keiko (played heartbreakingly by Hideko Takamine), who works as a bar hostess in Tokyo’s very modern postwar Ginza district, who entertains businessmen after work. Sly, resourceful, but trapped, Keiko comes to embody the conflicts and struggles of a woman trying to establish her independence in a male-dominated society. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs shows the largely unsung yet widely beloved master Naruse at his most socially exacting and profoundly emotional.

Cast

Keiko Yashiro Hideko Takamine
Nobuhiko Fujisaki Masayuki Mori
Junko Inchihashi Reiko Dan
Kenichi Komatsu Tatsuya Nakadai
GodaGanjiro Nakamura
Matsukichi Sekine Daisuke Kato
MinobeEitaro Ozawa
YuriKeiko Awaji

Credits

DirectorMikio Naruse
ScreenplayRyuzo Kikushima
ProducerRyuzo Kikushima
MusicToshiro Mayuzumi
CinematographyMasao Tamai
Production designSatoshi Chuko

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by Japanese-film scholar Donald Richie
  • New video interview with Tatsuya Nakadai
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film scholars Audie Bock, Catherine Russell, and Phillip Lopate

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: They Endure

By Phillip LopateFebruary 19, 2007

The posthumous international triumph of Mikio Naruse is one of the most unique corrections in . . . Read more »

Film Essays

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs: They Endure

By Phillip LopateFebruary 19, 2007

The posthumous international triumph of Mikio Naruse is one of the most unique corrections in . . . Read more »