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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 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
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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Akira Kurowsawa's lowest rated film on IMDb.See more »
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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV)See more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
For Kurosawa completists only, 24 May 2000
Author: markdclark43016 from Columbus, Ohio

Like SANSHIRO SUGATA PART 2, this film was never released in the U.S. for political reasons. There's not any blatantly anti-American content, as in SSP2, but THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, filmed by government request, was a pro-Imperialist propaganda document.

Kurosawa gamely attempts to weave together a story which functions both as propaganda and as a tender coming-of-age story, but isn't entirely successful. This would have been a demanding proposition even for a seasoned pro, let alone a young director like Kurosawa, directing only his second feature.

The story follows a group of young girls working in an armaments factory in the latter days of WWII. The girls must increase production sharply. The girls suffer hardships of all sorts. One, Tao, emerges as the leader of the group. Through the travails of helping her coworkers meet their quotas, Tao learns courage, fortitude and compassion.

If all this sounds a little boring, that's because it is. Kurosawa's visual signatures are seldom seen. At least the performances are good, especially Yoko Yaguchi as Tao. Takashi Shimura has a thankless, do-nothing role as the foreman of the factory.

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