The Most Beautiful

1944, Drama, 1h 25m

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Several young women work diligently in a factory despite illness and injury during World War II.

Cast & Crew

Takashi Shimura
Chief Goro Ishida
Shôji Kiyokawa
Soichi Yoshikawa
Ichiro Sugai
Ken Shinda
Takako Irie
Noriko Mizushima
Yôko Yaguchi
Tsuru Watanabe
Sayuri Tanima
Yuriko Tanimura
Sachiko Ozaki
Sachiko Yamazaki
Shizuko Nishigaki
Fusae Nishioka
Asako Suzuki
Asako Suzumura
Haruko Toyama
Masako Koyama
Aiko Masu
Tokiko Hiroda
Akira Kurosawa
Screenwriter
Jin Usami
Producer
Seiichi Suzuki
Original Music
Joji Ohara
Cinematographer
Teruaki Abe
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Critic Reviews for The Most Beautiful

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Audience Reviews for The Most Beautiful

  • Nov 10, 2011
    Propoganda film that Kurosawa made, not extremely unbearable and not exactly one that you should never watch because it is interesting in its own way. About women at work in an optics factory, it is a revealing portrait of how life was for women during the second world war in Japan. It is not of course a neorealist film that presents the exact truth as it was in real life, and it is heavily melodramatic: thus it is not a great movie. But there seemed to be an underlying truth behind the depiction of these women that made it worth watching at times.
    G S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    In "The Most Beautiful," Ishida(Takashi Shimura), the manager of a precision optics factory in Japan during World War II, raises the production quotas, 100% for the men, 50% for the women, because otherwise everybody will be speaking English by the middle of the following week. Watanabe(Yoko Yaguchi), the women's floor manager, objects, wanting a higher quota for the women and has her request granted.(For a second there, I thought she was asking for the opposite.) Things get off to a bad start when Suzumura(Asako Suzuki) falls ill... "The Most Beautiful" is the first Japanese propaganda film from World War II that I have seen. While I am sure there were others made(I can't but help imagine one involving American marines eating babies), this one survives, not only because it was made by Akira Kurosawa but also because it stands up remarkably well in very touchingly depicting the conflicted emotions of the workers who sacrificed much to stay on the production lines.(Thankfully not in a soap opera way, though, probably because, correct me if I'm wrong, I seriously doubt Kurosawa had a romantic bone in his body.) Along those same lines, the women bringing samples of their home soil with them to the factory is a nice touch. Otherwise, they practice patriotic songs when they are not working, even going so far as to wish to destroy all enemies which is very rude.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2011
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  • Jan 16, 2009
    im certainly not pretending to know what kurosawa was doing with this film, but it feels expiremental. a very simple story about the plight of female factory workers in japan during WW2, the story seemed to be a side issue. the film excels in its cinematography, especially angles, and it really hinged on the movements and facial expressions or lack there of from the actors. it just felt like, as one of kurosawas earliest films, that he was playing around with things to see how they would come out. although it was just 85 minutes the film suffered from being too slow, but the idea was very good and the sense of emotion pulled in to the circumstance was effective. decent beginnings for a film master.
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