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R.I.P.

January 2nd, 2011 (12:29 am)

Japanese actress Takamine Hideko passed away on Tuesday at the age of 86.

I haven't seen many of her films, but I definitely saw the very memorable When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki, 1960) a couple years back. The movie was about a bar hostess who is stuck in her job, faced with some decisions, basically acts as everyone else's support, and has society's expectation leaning against her, but needs to find a way to the things that will make her own life more meaningful. This being basically a 1950s Japanese film, that's a little easier said than done.

Highly recommended film.

According to a couple of online sources I scanned, the West is mostly familiar with her work with director Naruse Mikio (which includes When a Woman Ascends the Stairs); but in Japan she was originally a child star, her work familiar with the public before she started collaborating with Naruse.

Even with the limited exposure and 30+ years since her last film, it's sad to see her go. (And I should have a slightly happier post in the near future.)