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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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War Propaganda and Tribute to the Japanese Female Workers in Times of War 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
Taizo Shin .... still photographer
Masaki Ônuma .... lighting technician
 
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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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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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV)See more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
War Propaganda and Tribute to the Japanese Female Workers in Times of War, 3 October 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

During the 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 (Yôko Yaguchi), ask the direction to surpass their goal from 50% to 70%. Along the period, the women have to overcome illness and their personal problems to complete their quote.

"Ichiban Utsukushiku" is a war propaganda and tribute to the Japanese female workers in times of war by Akira Kurosawa recommended only for fans of this great director. The plot is boring in many moments, but I liked to see the humanization of the nationalist Japanese workers and this unusual perspective from a people that were sooner defeated in the war. The winners usually write the history from their perspective and this film is a rare testimony from the Japanese point of view. Watanabe is an enlightened character with her dedication and positive leadership. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Mais Bela" ("The Most Beautiful")

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