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The Most Beautiful (1944)

Ichiban utsukushiku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | June 1987 (USA)
World War II film about female volunteer workers at an optics plant who do their best to meet production targets.

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Akira Kurosawa

Writer:

Akira Kurosawa
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Takashi Shimura ... Chief Goro Ishida
Sôji Kiyokawa Sôji Kiyokawa ... Soichi Yoshikawa, Chief of General Affairs Section
Ichirô Sugai ... Ken Shinda, Chief of Labor Section
Takako Irie Takako Irie ... Noriko Mizushima, dorm mother
Yôko Yaguchi Yôko Yaguchi ... Tsuru Watanabe, president of women workers
Sayuri Tanima Sayuri Tanima ... Yuriko Tanimura, vice president of the women workers
Sachiko Ozaki Sachiko Ozaki ... Sachiko Yamazaki
Shizuko Nishigaki Shizuko Nishigaki ... Fusae Nishioka
Asako Suzuki Asako Suzuki ... Asako Suzumura
Haruko Toyama Haruko Toyama ... Masako Koyama
Aiko Masu Aiko Masu ... Tokiko Hiroda
Kazuko Hitomi Kazuko Hitomi ... Kazuko Futomi
Shizuko Yamada Shizuko Yamada ... Hisae Yamaguchi
Itoko Kôno Itoko Kôno ... Sue Okabe
Toshiko Hattori 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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Drama

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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) See more »

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War Propaganda and Tribute to the Japanese Female Workers in Times of War
3 October 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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