Acclaimed Japanese director Mikio Naruse's 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.
1. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Onna ga kaidan o agaru toki) (1960)
2. Floating Clouds (Ukigumo) (1955)
3. Late Chrysanthemums (Bangiku) (1958)