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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Mikio Naruse


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.

 

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GENRES - drama

Film Info

RUNTIME - 111 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 1960

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - Japan

LANGUAGE - Japanese

SUBTITLES - English

ATTRIBUTES - Black & White, Mono

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