The most beautiful = Ichiban utsukushiku
Akira Kurosawa's patriotic World War II morale booster focuses on a volunteer corps of women working at an optics factory to produce lenses for binoculars and targeting scopes, and was shot on location at the Nippon Kogaku factory in Hiratsuka.
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25 films by Akira Kurosawa.
|Summary:||Akira Kurosawa's patriotic World War II morale booster focuses on a volunteer corps of women working at an optics factory to produce lenses for binoculars and targeting scopes, and was shot on location at the Nippon Kogaku factory in Hiratsuka.|
|Item Description:||Originally produced as a motion picture in 1944.|
Some credits from accompanying book.
Issued as part of the box set AK100 : 25 films by Akira Kurosawa with book included (96 p. : ill. ; 19 x 31 cm.).
This film has been modified from the original version of Akira Kurosawa's debut film which opened in 1943, without consulting the director or the production staff. 1,845 feet of footage was cut in 1944, to comply with the government's wartime entertainment policies. As much as we'd like to show the original version, we are not able to locate the cut footage. Yet we strongly believe this modified version is worthy of rerelease.
|Physical Description:||1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., b&w. ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Format:||DVD; region 1, NTSC; full screen (1.33:1) presentation; mono.|
|Production Credits:||Janus Films ; a Toho production ; [director, Akira Kurosawa ; producers, Motohiko Ito, Jin Usami ; screenplay, Akira Kurosawa ; cinematography, Joji Obara]. Production design, Teruaki Abe ; music, Seichi Suzuki.|
|Access:||For face-to-face teaching only, no public performance license.|