WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (女が階段を上る時)
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WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (女が階段を上る時)

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL SERIES 2022
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Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
All Ages
111 Mins
1960 | 35MM | D: Mikio Naruse
Mild sexual references and suicide

Based on an original screenplay by Ryūzō Kikushima and often considered to be Naruse’s magnum opus, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs is a touching tale of social injustice and emotional turbulence during post-war Japan. Keiko, more commonly known as Mama, is an ageing hostess working in the glamorous Ginza entertainment district. She finds herself at a turning point: should she seek marriage, stay in a career that will vanish with her youth, or pursue a business of her own? As the men surrounding her turn out to be a string of bitter disappointments, Mama finds herself wondering whether she actually has any agency in determining her life.

The courageous female protagonist, portrayed by Hideko Takamine, represents the true embodiment of the conflicts of a woman longing to establish her independence in a male-dominated society, with her character being emblematic of all women whose stories we tend to forget.

Japanese with English subtitles  

©1960 Toho Co., Ltd.

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