Film #312: WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
3 out of 5 stars
Naruse directs this down-beat & rather sad tale of the life of a post-war bar hostess. The film is well acted & paced nicely although, in the end, it is a tragic story of a widow and her search for a role once her looks fade and her age advances. Hideko Takamine's performance is spot on & her supporting cast is solid. Fans of Japanese cinema will like this drama, but others may find it too melancholy & sad.