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Ichiban utsukushiku (1944)

 -  Drama  -  June 1987 (USA)
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During World War II, the management of a war industry of optical instruments for weapons requests an effort from the workers to increase the productivity during four months. The target for ... See full summary »

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Sôji Kiyokawa ...
Soichi Yoshikawa, Chief of General Affairs Section
Ichirô Sugai ...
Ken Shinda, Chief of Labor Section
Takako Irie ...
Noriko Mizushima, dorm mother
Yôko Yaguchi ...
Tsuru Watanabe, president of women workers
Sayuri Tanima ...
Yuriko Tanimura, vice president of the women workers
Sachiko Ozaki ...
Sachiko Yamazaki
Shizuko Nishigaki ...
Fusae Nishioka
Asako Suzuki ...
Asako Suzumura
Haruko Toyama ...
Masako Koyama
Aiko Masu ...
Tokiko Hiroda
Kazuko Hitomi ...
Kazuko Futomi
Shizuko Yamada ...
Hisae Yamaguchi
Itoko Kôno ...
Sue Okabe
Toshiko Hattori ...
Toshiko Hattori
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During World War II, the management of a war industry of optical instruments for weapons requests an effort from the workers to increase the productivity during four months. The target for male workers is an increase of 100% of the production, but the female workers, led by the dedicated Tsuru Watanabe, ask the direction to surpass their goal from 50% to 70%. During the period, the women have to overcome illness and their personal problems to complete their quota. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Akira Kurosawa married actress 'Yoko Yaguchi' (born Kiyo Kato), who played Tsuru in "The Most Beautiful," after becoming close through many famed arguments during filming. They married on May 21, 1945 while Yaguchi was two months pregnant, and stayed together until her death in 1985. See more »

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The War Effort
31 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A curious film from Kurosawa, given what came later, this is a nationalist film about a group of young women who are working at an optical instruments factory who are given the task to greatly increase productivity for the good of the country and the war effort. It shows them rarely at play, mostly very focused at work. Takako Irie plays the dorm mother, a somewhat sympathetic character. This film is more inherently Japanese than most of Kurosawa's later work, its almost a propaganda film. However, there is also some heart in the characters, and that is what makes it a recommended film. You sense the young ladies anguish over being sick and having family difficulties, making them unable to work. So, not essential viewing but still watchable and Kurosawa fans should check it out.


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