Acclaimed Japanese director Mikio Naruses career spanned from the end of the silent era through to the sixties producing 89 films. His work is imbued with the bleak cynicism associated with shomin-geki (working-class drama) yet the struggle for a life better than the one dealt by fate is celebrated with dignified restraint. This release features three beautiful melodramas all of which have become regarded as masterpieces of world cinema. BR BR BR WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (1960) FLOATING CLOUDS (1955) and LATE CHRYSANTHEMUMS (1958) all feature women as the main protagonists and offer an interesting contrast between the traditional and modern Japanese culture.
Audio commentaries,, Video interview with Adrian Martin,, Video interview with director Teruo Ishii (Naruse's assistant),, Video and written essays,, WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS theatrical trailer,, Fully illustrated booklet with essays
Release Date: 26 November 2007
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 240 minutes
Main Language: English