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June 1987 (USA) See more »
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During World War II, the management of a war industry of optical instruments for weapons requests an... See more » | Add synopsis »
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the Japanese "Twelve-O'clock High" See more (17 total) »

Cast

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Takashi Shimura ... Chief Goro Ishida
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
Emiko Rei ... Chie Shima
Haruko Mii ... Haruko Kawai
Minori Toyohara ... Minori Yoyota
Eiko Hirayama ... Yoshiko Shirayama
Harue Yamashita ... Kiyo Mishima
Mineko Mashiro ... Mineko Bando
Isuzu Miyakawa ... Shizue Miyazaki
Michiko Oikawa ... Michiko Ayukawa
Teruko Kato ... Teruko Sato
Akitake Kôno ... Fife and drum band instructor
Unpei Yokoyama ... Dormitory worker
Chieko Nakakita ... Student worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Koyuri Tanima ... Factory worker

Directed by
Akira Kurosawa 
 
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Akira Kurosawa 

Produced by
Motohiko Itô .... producer
Jin Usami .... producer
 
Original Music by
Seiichi Suzuki 
 
Cinematography by
Jôji Ohara 
 
Production Design by
Teruaki Abe 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hiromichi Horikawa .... assistant director
Jin Usami .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masaki Onuma .... lighting technician
Taizo Shin .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Hisashi Iuchi .... music producer
 
Other crew
Hisahsi Iuchi .... fife and drum band instructor
 
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Also Known As:
"The Most Beautiful" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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85 min
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The Information Section of the Japanese Navy, just after the success of Sanshiro Sugata (1943) approached Akira Kurosawa about making a film focusing on Zero fighter pilots. Due to budget issues at this stage in the war, he instead made "The Most Beautiful" (1944).See more »
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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
the Japanese "Twelve-O'clock High", 12 September 1998
Author: Richard Dunham (dunhamrc@wwa.com) from Chicago, IL

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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