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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 struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world and their place in it... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Masterpiece of storytelling... See more (22 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
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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
Ushitaro 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Violence at Noon (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
Home Sweet HomeSee more »

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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece of storytelling..., 18 March 2007
Author: guardian-genghis from United States

People who view this film would do well to consider the sentiment of post-war Japan in the mid-50s, when the future was still uncertain and the vast devastation and shame caused by the war were prevalent in the mindset of its citizens.

The timing for this film's release was significant, because perhaps for the first time, it permitted the people of Japan to cry unabashedly for themselves, far removed from any political statement so frequent in Shochiku films such as with many of Kurosawa's classics. Movies at the time tended to have positive, uplifting themes that motivated the populous to help rebuild the country into a modern democratic nation. You can thank Douglas MacArthur for that.

The post-war generation was now almost 10 years old, and in the Japanese psyche was the need for justification for its darkest period in history.

This film served as a reminder of the horrors of war, not from the battlefields, but from the emotional scars left on its children who lived and died during it.

Hideko Takamine brilliantly played the role of a school teacher on a typical remote island community in south Japan during an increasingly militarist government. As was customary at the time, the same teacher saw to their students' education from primary to high school, forming a lifetime bond.

Director Keisuke Kinoshita's camera work is nothing less than genius, beautifully portraying the transitions of seasons from year to year. The water, sand, and dust textures are so distinct that you almost forget that it was filmed in black and white.

The character closeups are never exaggerated and the 12 children actors (hence "24 Eyes") do an outstanding job portraying how they end up sacrificing their childhood dreams due to poverty and for national duty.

Of symbolic note is the appearance of the Island bus, which is seen at first with Japanese kanji characters painted on the side. Later in the film, it's written in English as "Shima Bus", signifying how modernization has reached the island after the war.

From cast, location and cinematography, Nijushi no Hitomi is a masterpiece of emotional storytelling.

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