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CastMasayuki Mori, Tatsuya Nakadai, Daisuke Kato, Reiko Dan, Ganjiro Nakamura, Hideko Takamine, Eitaro Ozawa, Keiko Awaji, Ettaro Ozawa
DirectorMikio Naruse
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  1960.1.15 (Japan), 1963.6.25 (USA)
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Screen WriterRyuzo Kikushima
Runtime:  111 minutes
Studio:  Toho
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review by . June 15, 2011
One of the last and best of Naruse's films, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs showcases the subtle, forceful emotional expression that Naruse was so capable of evoking from his actors. This was written and produced by the great Ryuzo Kikushima, who expertly crafted a story perfectly suited to Naruse's ethos just as he had done many times for Kurosawa. The theme of downtrodden and constrained women in Japan's modern de facto patriarchal society has been exhaustively explored in Japanese …
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