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Eclipse Series 23 - The First Films of Akira Kurosawa: The Most Beautiful (1944)

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Yoko Yaguchi, Ichiro Sugai, more...
Director: Akira Kurosawa
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Japan, War, WWII, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English

Recently Rented By greyotter

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.

GreenCine Member Reviews

forgettable by RMorris April 18, 2007 - 10:02 PM PDT
Even fans of Kurosawa will be disappointed, although the most extreme fans will want to see it once for completeness. No depth in character development, a single story theme told in a propagantistic style (enduring emotional hardship while singing and be productive) To top it off, the quality of the print was bad and the English subtitles were mostly not coherent.

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Akira Kurosawa

Coming soon: Seven Samurai 3-Disc SE, remasters of Sanjuro and Yojimbo. Wish list: Criterion editions of Dodes'ka-den, The Idiot, I Live in Fear, and Scandal, and an anamorphic remaster of High and Low.

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