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Film still, Mikio Naruse, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, 1960

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

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.


Friday, December 15, 2017, 7 PM

SaskTel Theatre

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs 

Directed by Mikio Naruse

1960, Japan, 111 minutes

Black and White, PG

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Directed by Mikio Naruse

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