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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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In order to save film during wartime, the Japanese government ordered films to be released to have no opening titles and thus giving no credit to most of the actors or workers on each film. This included "The Most Beautiful" (1944). See more »

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the Japanese "Twelve-O'clock High"
12 September 1998 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie - a must-see. I saw it without subtitles, and my Japanese wasn't good enough to catch most of the dialog, but the raw emotional power of the cast and of the imagery made it easy to follow - completely engrossing, in fact. The story is about a group of women factory workers in WWII Japan, and how each one must overcome whatever personal hardship they face to help the group succeed. The sense of being swept up in a titanic struggle, and the almost superhuman selflessness and group cohesion that that breeds, are the same themes treated in "Twelve-O'clock High". The two movies would make an enlightening double feature. One image sticks with me: although it's not focused on, throughout the movie you see the women carefully taking off their shoes and placing them neatly by the door as they come in to the dormitory, and you see them carefully put them on as they leave. During one scene, when a girl is returning from the hospital, everyone rushes to greet her. Kurosawa cuts to a shot of the shoes, as they are thoughtlessly trampled by the women eager to meet their friend.


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