When A Woman Ascends The Stairs: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1960) / Region 1
When A Woman Ascends The Stairs: The Criterion Collection

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When A Woman Ascends The Stairs: The Criterion Collection

When A Woman Ascends The Stairs might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse's finest hour - a delicate, devastating study of Keiko (the heartbreaking Takamine Hideko), 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Dec 18 2006
  • Production Year 1960
  • Empire SKU 1274042
  • UPC Code 715515022521
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentary by Japanese film scholar Donald Richie, author of A Hundred Years Of Japanese Film
New video interview with Tatsuya Nakadai
Theatrical Trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
A booklet featuring essays by Phillip Lopate, Catherine Russell, Audie Bock, and Hideko Takamine


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital 3.0
    Japanese Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W (Anamorphic)



  • Ryuzo Kikushima


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