To ascend seems poetic, glamorous and classy - but really it is just a climb. please give this a watch! This is all accentuated by a classy score and evocative cinematography that brings Ginza to life. Report this film. On my fifth or so viewing, Hideko Takamine still emotes oh so wonderfully. © Letterboxd Limited. A sophisticated, refined and polished world. The veil of social decency morphs into a veil of affection, relations predicated on the commodity of love making true human connection impossible to find. The saintly aura that the protagonist, beautifully by Hideko Takamine, creates around her ultimately brings her down even further. On my fifth or so viewing, Hideko Takamine still emotes oh so wonderfully. The veil of social decency morphs into a veil of affection, relations predicated on the commodity of love making true … If you know of something I should add, or I added something erroneously here, please let me know…, Jayce Fryman 18,683 films 3,125 102 Edit, This list collects every film from the Starting List that became They Shoot Pictures Don't They's 1000 Greatest Films. Adegan tersebut merupakan sebuah simbol sosial mendalam mengenai perjalanan karakter utamanya menuju dunia yang dipenuhi oleh kaum pria yang mendominasi, dimana para wanita menjadi sosok yang diobjektifikasi. Here is an up-to-date…, Juan-Carlos Arias 350 films 1,537 40 Edit. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs might be Japanese filmmaker Mikio Naruse's finest hour—a delicate, devastating study of a woman, Keiko (played heartbreakingly by Hideko Takamine), who works as a bar hostess in Tokyo's Its beautifully shot and elegantly scored, it moves very quietly and patiently, but there's enough visual beauty and emotional, human drama to keep the viewer involved. Adegan Kieko menaiki tangga menuju bar tempat kerjanya sudah menjadi adegan ikonik dalam sejarah perfilman. لكن الاشجار التي تصف على الطرقات يمكن أن تنبت براعم جديدة، مهما كانت الرياح باردة أنا أيضاً يجب أن أكون قوية، كالرياح التي تعصف حولي. This is all accentuated by a classy score and evocative cinematography that brings Ginza to life. I think it shows powerfully a woman's role being limited by having to navigate men to get anywhere. ‘女が階段を上る時’ The film offers a fascinating glimpse into what that world might look like from an insider's point of view. Hideko Takamine's indelible performance as Mama is easily one of the top 5 female performances in cinema. Now I see why lumenal loves this film so much, campaigning passionately for this to be the starting point of my venture into Naruse's filmography. The stairs here are societal, maybe social strata or maybe just the act of carrying on. To ascend seems poetic, glamorous and classy - but really it is just a climb. Keiko is a thirty-year-old, middle class widow who works as a hostess in a bar. It seems that their many collaborations are comparable to that of Setsuko Hara and Ozu, I look forward to experiencing more. But somehow it was elevated. I love this film. She enters a world of objectification, where patriarchal systems take on a cynical new air. That is how I ended up watching "When a woman ascends the stairs" (1959), by Mikio Naruse. Her ability is implied throughout the film; she is portrayed as a woman who would be great at running a bar or doing more or less anything, if she just had funding. - Gorgeous b&w cinematography, slow af slow cinema that took me multiple tries to finally sit down and finish all the way through. Show All… And many other Mikio Naruse films. A stylish appearance masking a harsh reality is a persistent theme here. Even lying here, thoughts of bills torment my dreams. Naruse’s perfectly judged masterpiece knows that women are consistently hindered by society, and often the more they rise the more they are pushed down. Effortlessly conveying a breadth of nuance and depth through subtle body language and facial expressions, Takamine creates of one of the most layered and intricate characters I've seen (with help from Kikushima's script). Picks up significantly in the last half hour, which feels oddly crammed with melodrama as it heaps disappointment after disappointment upon our protagonist, who nevertheless ends the film bravely putting on a happy face. Updated: December 21, 2020 Created: January 19, 2013 View More Lists Follow Me, The Criterion Collection is a video distribution…, juliodogpit 1,001 films 12,394 538 Edit, UPDATE--------------------------------------------------------------------------, Check out also: The 100 Greatest Documentaries, ranked as objectively as possible The 100 Greatest Directors The 100 Greatest…, gabriel guimarães? Anybody claiming to be a hardcore fan of Japanese cinema must recognize the name and talent of the great Hideko Takamine, who stars in her role as Keiko, a woman that seems to be deprived of options. Adegan tersebut merupakan sebuah simbol sosial mendalam mengenai perjalanan karakter utamanya menuju dunia yang dipenuhi oleh kaum pria yang mendominasi, dimana para wanita menjadi sosok yang diobjektifikasi. They are consequences of a male dominated society, of objectification, of callousness. I'm miserable! Made by fans in Auckland, New Zealand. Some strong performances though at times a little melodramatic in a way that didn't work for me but really good movie here. But this is not a wholly pessimistic film. I think it shows powerfully a woman's role being limited by having to navigate men to get anywhere. Let alone being into professions where society looks down upon. More details at 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. And many other Mikio Naruse films. Nuansa sendu mengalir secara perlahan sepanjang filmnya. Di awal memang tidak terlalu jelas, namun When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, for instance, abounds in familiar faces not identified either in the booklet or the subtitles. According to Ruben, a coworker who also happens to know a lot about cinema, Naruse (1905-1969) is, after Kurosawa, Mizoguchi and Ozu, "the 4th and often forgotten great Japanese director". A sophisticated, refined and polished world. Thanks to Lumenal here on Letterboxd I made it my mission to see this one as soon as possible, and now it feels like I've been introduced to a whole new world of Japanese cinema. If you know of something I should add, or I added something erroneously here, please let me know…, Jayce Fryman 18,682 films 3,125 102 Edit, This list collects every film from the Starting List that became They Shoot Pictures Don't They's 1000 Greatest Films. She starts out as … It really seems to reflect a particular time in post-war Japan, with everyone so obsessed with money and what they can get for it, the human tolls are brutal. They are consequences of a male dominated society, of objectification, of callousness. Keiko, a young widow, becomes a bar hostess in Ginza to make ends meet. Film data from TMDb. Even though I lived in Japan for 3 years, the hostess bar culture remains a very foreign concept to me. I weep for every woman that has been employed by a bar. Rules: 2.500+ ratings Non-English-Language Films, *Updated 12/15/20* Working my way through the entire Criterion Collection one spine number at a time. 1,507 films 7,237 123 Edit, Constantly updating. This is a film of real empathy and understanding, a master work from a masterful filmmaker. takamine's mama-san may be an easy character to feel sorry for, but her motivations contain enough complexity that once should guard against that. Kamera Naruse yang tidak pernah bergerak mengingat kan saya akan Ozu, tapi penyuntingan beritmenya…. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs merupakan sebuah gambaran pesimis mengenai kehidupan dan perjuangan para wanita. She gives herself entirely to her work, body and soul and heart and…. Anybody claiming to be a hardcore fan of Japanese cinema must recognize the name and talent of the great Hideko Takamine, who stars in her role as Keiko, a woman that seems to be deprived of options. Yoshifumi Tajima Akira Tani Mitsuo Tsuda Haruko Tôgô Keiko Yanagawa Michiyo Yokoyama Kyoko Mori, Die Mädchen der Ginza, Cuando una mujer sube la escalera, Quand une femme monte l'escalier, Onna ga Kaidan wo Agaru Toki, 111 mins   TMDb When a Woman Ascends the Stairs merupakan sebuah gambaran pesimis mengenai kehidupan dan perjuangan para wanita. List is mainly female protagonists, but also includes some films where a…. A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to … this is some movie. Yoshifumi Tajima Akira Tani Mitsuo Tsuda Haruko Tôgô Keiko Yanagawa Michiyo Yokoyama Kyoko Mori, Die Mädchen der Ginza, Cuando una mujer sube la escalera, Quand une femme monte l'escalier, Onna ga Kaidan wo Agaru Toki, 111 mins   No one can stop her from trying to ascend those stairs, even if she always finds herself at the bottom. naruse views her as objectively as possible and so should we. Fortunately, it never feels forced nor too sentimental, which the story might suggest. Men are f**king cruel. Original title: Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki. takamine's mama-san may be an easy character to feel sorry for, but her motivations contain enough complexity that once should guard against that. As the film progresses, every moment of it reinforces this. She gives herself entirely to her work, body and soul and heart and…. Does she actually have choices? A stylish appearance masking a harsh reality is a persistent theme here. Films where a city defines the film to the point where it becomes an integral character. - A melancholy and meditative downer of a film about the constraints of trying to forge a living as an independent widowed businesswoman in 1960's Japan, caught between a rock (untrustworthy men) and a hard place (aging in a society that treats single aging women exceptionally unfairly). Starring Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Reiko Dan Hideko Takamine Masayuki Mori Reiko Dan Tatsuya Nakadai Daisuke Katō Ganjirô Nakamura Eitarō Ozawa Keiko Awaji Chieko Nakakita Jun Tatara Yû Fujiki Masao Oda Ken Mitsuda Chikako Hosokawa Sadako Sawamura Kyū Sazanka Noriko Sengoku Kin Sugai Toshiko Higuchi Noriko Honma Natsuko Kahara Machiko Kitagawa Rumi Konishi Takuzō Kumagai Fumie Noguchi Yutaka Sada Akira Sera Toki Shiozawa Ayumi Sonoda List is mainly female protagonists, but also includes some films where a…. It is an escape, after all, and escapism can only go so far before reality forces it's ugly hand. The 1001 Greatest Films, ranked as objectively as possible, The 100 Greatest Documentaries, ranked as objectively as possible, The Most Comprehensive List of Japanese Movies Ever...Maybe, Every Film Available on The Criterion Channel, See You at Mao's: the theory and praxis of class struggle, class consciousness, anti-imperialism, national liberation, people's war, radical feminism, and cultural revolution. naruse views her as objectively as possible and so should we. Rich businessmen, cocktails and soft jazz playing in the background. As her youth slips away, a virtuous geisha (Hideko Takamine) ponders whether opening her own bar is worth the price of her honor. In comes, Mikio Naruse in the post war Meiji era, gaining inspiration from what is supposed to be a revolutionary time for women's literature, and adapting such work into movies like this! 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