When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (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?

Writing:
  • Ryûzô Kikushima
Directing:
  • Mikio Naruse
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  • Release Date: 1960-01-15
  • Language: 日本語
  • Country: JP
  • Runtime: 111

Noriko Sengoku

Fortune-teller

Hideko Takamine

Keiko Yashiro

Reiko Dan

Junko Inchihashi

Masayuki Mori

Nobuhiko Fujisaki

Tatsuya Nakadai

Kenichi Komatsu, the manager

Daisuke Katō

Matsukichi Sekine

Jun Tatara

Goldfish

Yû Fujiki

Matsui (Miyuki's husband)

Masao Oda

Yoshizo Yashiro (Keiko's brother)

Sadako Sawamura

Toshiko (Yuri's mother)

Kyū Sazanka

Bar owner

Noriko Honma

Mineko (Sekine's wife)

Yutaka Sada

Yoshikawa (kimono shop clerk)

Yoshifumi Tajima

Electric company director

Haruko Tôgô

Shizuko (Fujisaki's wife)
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