Keiko, whom everyone calls Mama, narrates her story: she's a hostess on the Ginza, 30, a widow. She describes life's vicious cycle: acting cheerful around drunks, dressing and living well to convey confidence, needing money for these expenses and for her demanding mother and brother, and knowing she's growing older. She's of an age when she must choose: to seek marriage (difficult given her tarnished occupation), to be a kept woman, or to borrow money to buy a bar of her own. Each route has dangers, including investors demanding a return on their loans. Keiko has a quiet dignity that attracts men, but are they what they seem? Does she actually have choices?

  1. Mikio Naruse


  2. Ryûzô Kikushima


Top Billed Cast

  1. Hideko Takamine

    Hideko Takamine

    Keiko Yashiro

  2. Masayuki Mori

    Masayuki Mori

    Nobuhiko Fujisaki

  3. Reiko Dan

    Reiko Dan

    Junko Inchihashi

  4. Tatsuya Nakadai

    Tatsuya Nakadai

    Kenichi Komatsu, the manager

  5. Daisuke Katô

    Daisuke Katô

    Matsukichi Sekine

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When a Woman Ascends the Stairs
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs


Original Title 女が階段を上る時

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 15, 1960


Original Language Japanese

Runtime 1h 51m

Budget -

Revenue -



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