When a Woman Ascends the Stairs is the story of Keiko (Takamine Hideko), a bar hostess in Tokyo's very modern postwar Ginza district, who entertains businessmen after work. Sly and resourceful but trapped, Keiko comes to embody the conflicts and struggles of a woman trying to establish her independence in a male-dominated society.
This DVD includes a restored high-definition digital transfer, a new English subtitle translation, and a booklet with essays by Audie Bock, Catherine Russell and Phillip Lopate.
DVD Features: Audio Commentary by Donald Richie, Interview with Tatsuya Nakadai.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.