Hideko Takamine in Mikio Naruse’s When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

On seeing Mikio Naruse’s film When a Woman Ascends the Stairs for the first time, I was taken aback by Hideko Takamine‘s magnificent performance as the warm hearted and undefeatable nightclub hostess Keiko Yashiro, or ‘Mama’.

Takamine’s performance perfectly captured the film’s story of tension between maintaining independence and fitting in with societal expectations, while at the same time achieving one’s own life goals. A life lesson in retaining our own dignity.

1 - i really do love you

2 - but i don't have the courage

3 - it had been a bleak ordeal

4 - but the trees

Reference: When a Woman Ascends the Stairs – Wikipedia

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