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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
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(1960)

Keiko, whom everyone calls Mama, narrates her story: she's a hostess on the Ginza, 30, a widow. She describes life's vicious cycle: acting cheerful around drunks, dressing and living well to convey confidence, needing money for these expenses and for her demanding mother and brother, and knowing she's growing older. She's of an age when she must choose: to seek marriage (difficult given her tarnished occupation), to be a kept woman, or to borrow money to buy a bar of her own. Each route has dangers, including investors demanding a return on their loans. Keiko has a quiet dignity that attracts men, but are they what they seem? Does she actually have choices?

Runtime:
1:51
Released:
January 01, 1960

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Cast

Rqzt1uxnruurqfvbv3pud1nv2lx Masayuki Mori Nobuhiko Fujisaki
Tatsuya Nakadai Kenichi Komatsu, the manager
Reiko Dan Junko Inchihashi
Hideko Takamine Keiko Yashiro

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Camera

Masao Tamai Director of Photography

Directing

Mikio Naruse Director

Writing

Ryûzô Kikushima Writer