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Ichiban Utsukushiku aka The Most Beautiful--85pts.

Kurosawa's second movie is a "nationalistic" film released during WWII. It's a Rosie the Riveter type story except being Japanese it's not about the individual but the group. The film follows a group of women who volunteer to leave home and work in an optics factory. The film crosses some interesting documentary the footage, empathizing the importance of the industry towards the war effort, with details of the women's trials and tribulations. Though essentially a propaganda movie Kurosawa's eye for composition and direction of the women elevates the film to a higher level.

It is interesting to note that with all the "Do everything for the home front" movies that were released in America during WWII, none featured that now celebrated group of women workers who helped win the war.
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