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Twenty-Four Eyes -- An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher’s unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality as she watches her pupils grow and deal with life’s harsh realities.
Twenty-Four Eyes -- An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher’s unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality as she watches her pupils grow and deal with life’s harsh realities.

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Director:
Writers:
Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay)
Sakae Tsuboi (novel)
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Release Date:
15 September 1954 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
An incredible tour through Japanese history. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Takeaki Terashita ... Tadashi Morioka - Honkô Jidai
Takeshi Satô ... Nita Aizawa - Honkô Jidai
Shisako Ishii ... Masuno Kagawa - Honkô Jidai
Akiko Koike ... Misako Nishiguchi in upper class
Sadako Kusano ... Matsue Kawamoto - Honkô Jidai
Kayoko Kase ... Sanae Yamaishi - Honkô Jidai
Naoko Tanabe ... Kotsuru Kabe - Honkô Jidai
Toyoko Ozu ... Fujiko Kinoshita - Honkô Jidai
Masako Uehara ... Kotoe Katagiri - Honkô Jidai
Yumeji Tsukioka ... Masuno
Toshiko Kobayashi ... Sanae
Kuniko Igawa ... Matsue

Takahiro Tamura ... Isokichi

Chishû Ryû ... Otoko Sensei
Shizue Natsukawa ... Ôishi Sensei no Haha
Kumeko Urabe ... Otoko Sensei no Tsuma
Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Yorozuya
Chieko Naniwa ... Meshiya no Kamisan
Ushio Akashi ... Kôchô
Hideyo Amamoto ... Ôishi Sensei no Otto
Toshio Takahara ... Chiririn'ya
Tokuji Kobayashi ... Matsue no Chichi
Toyo Takahashi ... Kobayashi Sensei (as Toyoko Takahashi)
Toyoko Shinohara ... Misako
Mayumi Minami ... Kotsuru
Kimiyo Ôtsuka ... Tamura Sensei
Tazuko Kusaka ... Matsue no Haha
Kazuko Motohashi ... Masuno no Haha
Rei Miura ... Takeichi
Yasukuni Toida ... Kichiji
Yoshikazu Ôtsuki ... Tadashi
Tatsuo Shimizu ... Nita
Yoshiko Nagai ... Kotoe
Shôsuke Oni ... Kyôin
Nobuo Takagi ... Kyôin
Tsutomu Uemura ... Kyôin
Kayoko Terada ... Kangofu
Toshiyuki Yashiro ... Ôishi Sensei no Ko - Daikichi
Yutaka Yashiro ... Ôishi Sensei no Ko - Daikichi - Yônenki
Naoji Kinoshita ... Jinan - Namiki
Hisayuki Ukita ... Jinan - Namiki - Yônenki
Keiko Gôko ... Chôjo - Yatsu

Hideko Takamine ... Ôishi Sensei

Directed by
Keisuke Kinoshita 
 
Writing credits
Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay)

Sakae Tsuboi (novel)

Produced by
Ryôtarô Kuwata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Chûji Kinoshita 
 
Cinematography by
Hiroshi Kusuda 
 
Film Editing by
Yoshi Sugihara 
 
Art Direction by
Kimihiko Nakamura 
 
Set Decoration by
Ushitarô Shimada 
 
Costume Design by
Eikichi Hayashi 
 
Production Management
Masaharu Kokaji .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoshirô Kawagashira .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kakuzô Sasu .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Shûzô Horikawa .... sound mixer
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound recordist
Hisao Ôno .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kyôichi Arano .... assistant photographer
Kiyoharu Sudô .... assistant camera
Ryôzô Toyoshima .... gaffer
 
Other crew
Yoshio Nakahara .... film development
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nijûshi no hitomi" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
156 min | USA:116 min (cut)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Children on the Island (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Last Rose of SummerSee more »

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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
An incredible tour through Japanese history., 21 August 2001
Author: Jawaad Mahmood (bret_hart@hotmail.com) from Montreal, Canada

"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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