Those Who Make Tomorrow

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Those Who Make Tomorrow
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Hideo Sekigawa
Kajiro Yamamoto
Produced by Keiji Matsuzaki
Sojiro Motoki
Ryo Takei
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Yusaku Yamagata
Kajiro Yamamoto
Starring Susumu Fujita
Hideko Takamine
Music by Noboru Ito
Cinematography Takeo Ito
Taiichi Kankura
Mitsuo Miura
Distributed by Toho Company Ltd.
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Running time
82 minutes
Language Japanese

Those Who Make Tomorrow (明日を作る人々, Asu o tsukuru hitobito) is a 1946 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Sekigawa and Kajiro Yamamoto (who was also co-writer). It was produced to illustrate the purpose of the workers' union at the Toho film studios, as the Allied Forces endorsed the formation of unions as part of the democratisation process during the post-World War II Occupation of Japan. Kurosawa later denounced the film, calling it "a commitee-made film" in which he had been involved only one week, [1] and refused to mention it in his autobiography. [2] [3] Toho's studio stars Hideko Takamine and Susumu Fujita appear playing themselves.



The sisters Chieko, a script girl working at a big film studio, and Aiko, a revue dancer, are daughters to anti-unionist father Gintaro. When the workers at a railway company, including the family's subtenant Seizo, go on strike, Chieko and her co-workers demonstrate their solidarity and call for strike as well to achieve financial security for the film studio's staff. Meanwhile, Aiko and her dancing troupe decide to get organised in opposition to the theatre's mean stage manager. When Gintaro is fired together with a large group of employees at his company, he finally gives up his reluctance and joins the unionists, impressed by their earnestness.


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