WHEN A WOMAN ASCENDS THE STAIRS (1960)
Naruse remains one of the most underrated Japanese filmmakers of all time. He is film Connoisseurs' best kept secret. His imagery is luminescent and his strong female protagonists hark back to Mizoguchi. Naruse's talent is his highly idiosyncratic style and brave storytelling. He treads on territory that was often regarded as taboo. Woman Ascends the Stairs is his magical and unforgettable masterpiece.
Director: Mikio Naruse