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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs aka 女が階段を上る時 (1960)

女が階段を上る時

111 min

Country: Japan

Director: Mikio NaruseSakae Hirosawa

Actors: Chieko NakakitaDaisuke KatôEitarô OzawaGanjirô NakamuraHideko TakamineJun Tatara…Keiko AwajiMasayuki MoriReiko DanTatsuya Nakadai

Genres: Drama

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Movie plot

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?

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