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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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Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay)
Sakae Tsuboi (novel)
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15 September 1954 (Japan) See more »
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 »
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  (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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156 min | USA:116 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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A moving tribute to a teacher's dedication to her students, 26 August 2008
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Considered by some Japanese critics as one of the ten best Japanese films of all time, Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes is a moving tribute to a teacher's dedication to her students and to her progressive ideals. The film spans twenty years of turbulent Japanese history beginning in 1928 and continuing through the end of World War II. Though to Western eyes it can be at times oppressively melodramatic with its overuse of such sentimental melodies like "Annie Laurie", "Auld Lang Syne", and "Bless This House", the film was extremely popular in Japan, beating out such highly regarded classics as Mizoguchi's Sansho Dayu, Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, and Naruse's Late Chrysanthemums for Best Film in Japan and Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes.

Adapted from a novel by Sakae Tsuboi and set in the rural island of Shodoshima, the title refers to the eyes of seven girls and five boys, the twelve students of first grade teacher Hisako Oishi (Hideko Takamine), endearingly called "Miss Pebble". As the film opens, a confident new teacher, Miss Oishi, rides to the school on her bicycle dressed in modern Western clothes but soon has problems being accepted by the working class villagers who think that she is a wealthy outsider. The senior teacher (Chishu Ryu) at the primary school even asks why the authorities would send such a good teacher. Miss Oishi is also criticized for calling the students by their nicknames, inquiring into each child's family life, and singing folk songs instead of the school anthems.

Later, during the Japanese invasion of China, she is suspected of being a "red" because she discourages her young pupils from becoming soldiers but does not protest when the headmaster burns one of her books. Proud but traditionally passive, she refuses to intervene in a family dispute when one of her students, a gifted singer, expresses a desire to attend the conservatory rather than go to work in a café, and does not attempt to raise funds to send one of the poorest students on a school trip. Miss Oishi is able to gain a share of acceptance, however, after an injury to her leg sidelines her for several months and the children visit her without being aware of the length of the journey. It is only when she meets the crying children on their way to her home that reconciliation with the community begins to take place.

Unfortunately, the length of the trip to the school forces Miss Oishi to transfer to the middle school closer to her home and she will not teach the same children for five years. Miss Oishi is a compassionate teacher who does not want to see her bright young students killed in the war but the growing conflict in China and the increasing poverty in the village force the young men to become cannon fodder for the militarists with unfortunate results. Twenty-Four Eyes to our modern view has many excesses including its almost three-hour length but the purity and radiance of Takamine as the compassionate school teacher shines through and the film allowed Japanese audiences to experience a cathartic expression of the sadness and loss caused by the war.

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