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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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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
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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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Most filming for the movie was shot on location at a real factory in Hiratsuke, named Nippon Kogaku, which helped give the movie more of a documentary feel to it. To get the best performance out of his actors, Akira Kurosawa had them live in the dormitory at the factory during filming, while being trained in the same jobs their characters were doing. This would start the career long trend of Kurosawa having his cast and crew live on set as big families during both preproduction and filming.See more »
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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV)See more »

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Valuable as insight into the supreme pliability of human beings, 27 March 2010
Author: Local Hero from New York City, USA

Typical of Japanese war-time propaganda, the film suggests that Japan's fascist ideology, its inculcation of fanatical obedience, its vast perpetration of unthinkable atrocities in a systematic manner, and its aggressive military expansionism can all be replaced by Japan's supposed victimization. Rather telling in this respect is the song that the girls repeatedly sing to boost morale, a song that recalls that barbarian Mongol conquerors once tried to invade Japan from China, but that the perpetrators of such heinous deeds of aggression could not possibly co-exist under the same sky with the innocent and pure Japanese-- this, of course, is being sung during a war that was begun when an utterly unprovoked Japan invaded China and slaughtered untold numbers of its population mercilessly.

All of this would be something that one could simply shrug off as the past blindness of war, but films such as these are more disturbing today than, say, Triumph of the Will because while Germany was forced to confront the horrors it had unleashed upon the world, most Japanese films even today (and textbooks for that matter) still tend to view Japan as a victim in the war (see, for instance, Kurosawa's own Rhapsody in August so many decades later). Assisted by the policies of the American post-war occupation, Japan has never had to come to terms with what it did to the planet, and what in human history can possibly more disturbing than a lack of accountability for the worst sins humanity can commit? And by the way, I say all of this despite the fact that Kurosawa is probably my favorite director.

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