"When a Woman Ascends the
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Hideko Takamine and
Tatsuya Nakadai star in this beautiful, ornate drama about a Ginza bar hostess on the eve
of her 30th birthday. The films of Japanese master Mikio Naruse were virtually unknown in
the United States until the writings of Donald Ritchie and Audie Bock heralded his
contributions as the equal of Kurosawa, Ozu or Mizoguchi.