MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 779 this week

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
"Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 June 1963 (USA)
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 1,999 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 38 critic

A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 17 Nov 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 14 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of When a Woman Ascends the Stairs.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Mitsuko Kusabue
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko and Kikuko respectively. Shuichi has a love ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Sô Yamamura, Ken Uehara
Flowing (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The tale of a 17th century samurai's daughter.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai
Pitfall (1962)
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Stars: Hisashi Igawa, Sumie Sasaki, Sen Yano
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Akio Isono, Sumiko Mizukubo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Tsukasa, Mitsuko Kusabue
Inazuma (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Mitsuko Miura, Kyôko Kagawa
Mother (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family.

Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyôko Kagawa, Eiji Okada
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Sudden Rain (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Mikio Naruse
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Keiju Kobayashi, Shûji Sano
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Keiko Yashiro
...
Nobuhiko Fujisaki
Reiko Dan ...
Junko Inchihashi
...
Kenichi Komatsu, the manager
Daisuke Katô ...
Matsukichi Sekine
Ganjirô Nakamura ...
Goda
Eitarô Ozawa ...
Minobe
Keiko Awaji ...
Yuri
Jun Tatara
Yû Fujiki
Masao Oda
Ken Mitsuda
Chikako Hosokawa
Sadako Sawamura
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toshiko Higuchi
Edit

Storyline

This is the story of Mama, a.k.a. Keiko, a middle-aged bar hostess who must choose to either get married or buy a bar of her own. Her family hounds her for money, her customers for her attention, and she is continually in debt. The life of a bar hostess is examined as well as the way in which the system traps and sometimes kills those in it. Written by PastaQueen

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bar | money | bar hostess | widow | ginza | See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Don't believe the hype
28 January 2006 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I was just lucky enough to see this at the Gene Siskel theater today, and I honestly think this is a case of a movie done by a master and it feeling more special than it truly is due to it's scarcity. It's truly horrible.

The movie has many fatal flaws. The biggest is there's no actual drama, because the main character doesn't face any adversity. She's just a whiny woman who's upset with her lot in life, but too unmotivated to change it, and instead mopes around a lot.

The story also has a very odd pacing. The moral dilemmas are sped through rather quickly while details of irrelevant plans are seen through each tedious step.

There's also very little characterization of the supporting characters, which makes most of them very tedious and boring. There either should have been less characters, so they could have been developed more, or more, so as to avoid the, "oh great, here's this guy to waste our time again" syndrome.

I'm sure some people will think I'm unrefined for not liking this movie, but I honestly thought it was awful in about every way a movie can be. If it's someone else's cup of tea, power to them, then.


12 of 113 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The music Balok-2
Discuss When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?