女が階段を上がる時 • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
A new print of this film is playing until the 12th of July at the BFI Southbank.
It’s part of a month long season of films by the Director, Mikio Naruse. He is as major a film-maker as Kurosawa or Ozu, but is probably completely unknown outside Japan.
I must say I’d never heard of him or seen any of his films.
Three of his films are available in the Eureka Masters of Cinema collection. (This collection has titles by a number of Japanese directors)
Flowing, Sound of the Mountain, Repast
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs is available in the Criterion Collection from the US.
IMdB entry for 成瀬巳喜男.
— July 16 update —
After seeing When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, I can see why he isn’t well known. If this is an example of his better work it is fairly disappointing. The portrayal of women characters was interesting but overall it was a very static and tedious film with very little to offer visually. I didn’t even really get a sense of the time and place of the film. But I’m going to give some other films a chance to see if it wasn’t just a bad choice to headline the Naruse season at the NFT.
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