Mikio Naruse’s When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki) is jaw-droppingly brilliant, and how sad it’s the only Mikio Naruse film Netflix has on hand. Get more, Netflix, I know they’re out there.

Just fyi: don’t read anything about it before you watch it because all the stuff I read afterwards would have ruined some of it if I’d read it before watching the DVD. Refreshingly, Donald Ritiche’s commentary is not only insightful, but he manages not to be a jerk during it (or at least he didn’t piss me off like he usually does).

HIGHLY recommended.

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