When A Woman Ascends the Stairs

Mikio Naruse (director)
Ryuzo Kikushima (screenwriter)
Hideko Takamine, Masajuki Mori (starring)

Tokyo: Toho Company, circa 1960. Draft script for the 1960 film. With the stamp of cast/crew member Takahashi Toshihiro to the page edges, and holograph ink annotations to the rear wrapper. Text and titles in Japanese.

A film that bought depictions of modern life into Japanese films of the 1960s, particularly with respect to the idea of the independent woman. A young, widowed bar hostess finds herself torn between a conventional life and potential financial independence when she must decide to either remarry or open her own bar.

Set in Tokyo's Ginza district, shot on location in Tokyo.

White titled wrappers, noted as 2 on the front wrapper. Title page present. 94 leaves, with last page of text numbered f-31. Xerographic duplication, printed on rectos and versos. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Good with foxing, wear to the binding, and light soil overall. With perfect binding.

BFI 694. Criterion Collection 377.

[Book #143342]