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Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Nijûshi no hitomi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 September 1954 (Japan)
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita

Writers:

Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay), Sakae Tsuboi (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideki Gôko ... Isokichi Okada - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Itsuo Watanabe Itsuo Watanabe ... Takeichi Takeshita - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Makoto Miyagawa Makoto Miyagawa ... Kichiji Tokuda - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Takeo Terashita Takeo Terashita ... Tadashi Morioka - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Kunio Satô Kunio Satô ... Nita Aizawa - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hiroko Ishii Hiroko Ishii ... Masuno Kagawa - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Yasuko Koike Yasuko Koike ... Misako Nishiguchi - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Setsuko Kusano ... Matsue Kawamoto - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Kaoko Kase Kaoko Kase ... Sanae Yamaishi - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Yumiko Tanabe Yumiko Tanabe ... Kotsuru Kabe - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Ikuko Kanbara Ikuko Kanbara ... Fujiko Kinoshita - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hiroko Uehara Hiroko Uehara ... Kotoe Katagiri - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hitoshi Gôko Hitoshi Gôko ... Isokichi Okada - Honkô Jidai
Shirô Watanabe Shirô Watanabe ... Takeichi Takeshita - Honkô Jidai
Jun'ichi Miyagawa Jun'ichi Miyagawa ... Kichiji Tokuda - Honkô Jidai
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Storyline

Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world and their place in it, despite the fact that she knows full well that most of them will die in the war. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty-Four Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan

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Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Absorbing and Affecting
27 August 2007 | by crossbow0106See all my reviews

For English speaking people, there are not many movies available on DVD starring Hideko Takamine. This is one, and it is a masterpiece. Ms. Takamine plays a schoolteacher in a small Inland Sea village in Japan. The movie's time line is twenty years, from 1928 to 1948. These turbulent times affect the students she teaches, some of whom went off to war. There are many tears in this film, from the children and Takamine's character. The fact that "Auld Lang Syne" is used at times for background music heightens the feelings of loss & sadness, which does make up some of the story. This is somewhat of an anti-war film, but only as it affects the children and the teacher. Ms. Takamine is luminous in this role, as she is in every movie I've ever seen her in. The fact that the director Kinoshita Keisuke also directed her in "Carmen Comes Home" (the first ever Japanese film in color), a film light years away from this one, shows off their versatility in their craft. The only complaint I have is small, that the subtitles are somewhat annoying, since they are sometimes out of sync. However, a great movie is a great movie. This film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. It is a richly deserved honor.


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