The Most Beautiful

The Most Beautiful

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

1944

The Most Beautiful is a Japanese language drama set in an optics factory during the Second World War. The film is propagandistic and mawkish. The Most Beautiful is watchable and sometimes enjoyable, but it is ultimately better seen as historical artifact than art.

Would not see.

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Sanshiro Sugata Part II

Sanshiro Sugata Part II

Directed by Akira Kurosawa

1945

Sanshiro Sugata Part II, based on Tsuneo Tomita’s novel and a sequel to Sanshiro Sugata, is a martial arts film. The film isĀ frustratingly propagandistic and limited by the technology of its time. Sanshiro Sugata Part II evinces Kurosawa’s skill at pacing action and choreographing movement, but presages little of his later brilliance.

Would not see.