The Most Beautiful

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The Most Beautiful
Ichiban utsukushiku poster.jpg
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Produced by Motohiko Ito
Jin Usami
Written by Akira Kurosawa
Starring Yōko Yaguchi
Takashi Shimura
Takako Irie
Ichiro Sugai
Music by Seiichi Suzuki
Distributed by Toho Company
Release date
  • April 13, 1944 (1944-04-13)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

The Most Beautiful (一番美しく, Ichiban utsukushiku?, a.k.a. Most Beautifully[dubious ]) is a 1944 Japanese propaganda drama film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa.

The film is set in an optics factory during the Second World War.


The film depicts the struggle for the workers at a lens factory to meet production targets during World War II. They continually drive themselves, both singly and as a group, to exceed the targets set for them by the factory directors.

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