"People say [my eyes] are expressive but I’ve never tried to use them that way. They are just the gateway to my internal feelings. Kurosawa used to tell me, ‘Wherever you are, there is light coming from your eyes.’ And that’s a very good thing for an actor, I say."

Tatsuya Nakadai
Born December 13, 1932

"Naruse’s method consists of building one very brief shot on top of another, but when you look at them all spliced together in the final film, they give the impression of a single long take. The flow is so magnificent that the splices are invisible. This flow of short shots that looks calm and ordinary at first glance then reveals itself to be like a deep river with a quiet surface disguising a fast-raging current underneath. The sureness of his hand in this was without comparison." — Akira Kurosawa

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs // dir. Mikio Naruse

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs // dir. Mikio Naruse

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs // dir. Mikio Naruse

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs // dir. Mikio Naruse