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Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
"Nijûshi no hitomi" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  15 September 1954 (Japan)
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

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Hideki Gôko ...
Isokichi Okada - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Itsuo Watanabe ...
Takeichi Takeshita - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Makoto Miyagawa ...
Kichiji Tokuda - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Takeo Terashita ...
Tadashi Morioka - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Kunio Satô ...
Nita Aizawa - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hiroko Ishii ...
Masuno Kagawa - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Yasuko Koike ...
Misako Nishiguchi - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Setsuko Kusano ...
Matsue Kawamoto - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Kaoko Kase ...
Sanae Yamaishi - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Yumiko Tanabe ...
Kotsuru Kabe - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Ikuko Kanbara ...
Fujiko Kinoshita - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hiroko Uehara ...
Kotoe Katagiri - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hitoshi Gôko ...
Isokichi Okada - Honkô Jidai
Shirô Watanabe ...
Takeichi Takeshita - Honkô Jidai
Jun'ichi Miyagawa ...
Kichiji Tokuda - Honkô Jidai
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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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An incredible tour through Japanese history.
21 August 2001 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Years might go by, but the mountain colour never change."

This movie is an excellent work of art by Keisuke Kinoshita.

It starts off with a new teacher being assigned to teach the first grade in a poor village. She is initially rejected from the community, and is gossiped about constantly. However the students she teaches fall in love with her style. One of her tasks is to teach the children to sing. However, instead of teaching school songs or patriotic songs, she teaches them folk songs. Misfortune strikes and she is forced to leave the school, but not before she makes a lasting impression on the children. They will see her again, as a teacher, but not for another five years.

From these humble beginnings a rich story about the poor in Japan before, during, and after World War 2 is shown. We get to know all twelve children ("24 eyes") in the movie, and eventually learn about their fates as adults. We see the equivalent of the "Red Scare" in Japan, and the saddening events caused by World War 2. Although overdramatic, the feelings still feel genuine and even the hardest of people will not be able to resist shedding a tear or two over the fates of the children you grow to love.

I can only ask you to watch the full 3 hours. That is the only way one can truly appreciate the beauty of this film. There is nothing else to be said.


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