• Japan
  • 1944
  • 85 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
  •  

This portrait of female volunteer workers at an optics plant during World War II, shot on location at the Nippon Kogaku factory, was created with a patriotic agenda. Yet thanks to Akira Kurosawa’s groundbreaking semidocumentary approach, The Most Beautiful is a revealing look at Japanese women of the era and anticipates the aesthetics of Japanese cinema’s postwar social realism.

Cast

Chief Goro IshidaTakashi Shimura
Soichi YoshikawaSoji Kiyokawa
Ken SanadaIchiro Sugai
Noriko MizushimaTakako Irie
Yuriko TanimuraSayuri Tanima
Sachiko YamazakiSachiko Ozaki
Asako SuzumuraAsako Suzuki
Masako KoyamaHaruko Toyama
Tsuru WatanabeYôko Yaguchi

Credits

DirectorAkira Kurosawa
ProducerJin Usami and Motohiko Ito
ScreenplayAkira Kurosawa
CinematographyJoji Obara
MusicSeiichi Suzuki

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