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

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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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Outstanding
12 January 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Nearly everyone who rated this film gave it 10/10, and it's easy to see why. This is a wonderful and bittersweet story about a teacher and her first twelve students, the "24 eyes" of the title, on a fairly remote island community. The story sweeps over about 20 years, from the students in the first grade, then the sixth, then as later teenagers, then four years later. The story begins in the late 1920s, and thus spans a turbulent time in Japanese history, which of course impacts greatly on the characters, even on a fairly isolated island.

Hideko Takamine is perhaps my favourite Japanese actress. This luminous and loveable women with the dazzling smile is a joy to behold and, playing the object of much affection from the children (though only sometimes from the adults), creates a wonderful feeling. Man, I wish I'd had her as a teacher in lower primary school.

There's a strong sense of community in this story, which is one of its strong points, but it is not always a positive thing for the characters. The older women gossip, of course, about the 'modern' new teacher, because she rides a bike and wears western clothes.

The director expertly presses all the emotional buttons of the audience. There are some people who detest this sort of thing, but I'm a sucker for it. In the hands of an expert director, and for the purposes of entertainment, there's nothing wrong with being taken on a emotional roller-coaster ride. There are some high points and many sad events in the story, which moves along at a pace which is sometimes leisurely but never dull.

This film is not free of faults. Aside from the very overt emotional manipulation, there are several tunes which are vastly overused. For instance, "auld lang syne" is played at least ten times.

Also, and most surprisingly, Hideko's range is limited. Despite two and a half hours, together with Hideko being the undisputed star, she shows only three expressions during the entire proceedings. Comparison to the superb HAPPINESS FOR US ALONE shows this clearly. In HFUA, Hideko plays a deaf-mute and uses her wonderfully expressive face to full effect.

But these are minor points, and no reason to mark it down from a perfect score. This is a must-see for anyone who loves film.


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