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Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Nijûshi no hitomi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 15 September 1954 (Japan)
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director:

Keisuke Kinoshita

Writers:

Keisuke Kinoshita (screenplay), Sakae Tsuboi (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hideki Gôko ... Isokichi Okada - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Itsuo Watanabe Itsuo Watanabe ... Takeichi Takeshita - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Makoto Miyagawa Makoto Miyagawa ... Kichiji Tokuda - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Takeo Terashita Takeo Terashita ... Tadashi Morioka - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Kunio Satô Kunio Satô ... Nita Aizawa - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hiroko Ishii Hiroko Ishii ... Masuno Kagawa - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Yasuko Koike Yasuko Koike ... Misako Nishiguchi - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Setsuko Kusano ... Matsue Kawamoto - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Kaoko Kase Kaoko Kase ... Sanae Yamaishi - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Yumiko Tanabe Yumiko Tanabe ... Kotsuru Kabe - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Ikuko Kanbara Ikuko Kanbara ... Fujiko Kinoshita - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hiroko Uehara Hiroko Uehara ... Kotoe Katagiri - Bunkyôjô Jidai
Hitoshi Gôko Hitoshi Gôko ... Isokichi Okada - Honkô Jidai
Shirô Watanabe Shirô Watanabe ... Takeichi Takeshita - Honkô Jidai
Jun'ichi Miyagawa Jun'ichi Miyagawa ... Kichiji Tokuda - Honkô Jidai
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty-Four Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan

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Production Co:

Shochiku See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An incredibly moving film
21 June 2009 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Mostly unknown and frequently dismissed in the West, this film is often considered by the Japanese to be one of their very best films, if not their best. I concur with the Japanese. I can understand the issues people have with it, namely that it is overly sentimental, but I think it mostly earns the tears that are shed over it. It's a film in the classic teacher genre, like Goodbye Mr. Chips. Hideko Takamine plays Hisako Oishi, a young woman who begins the movie as a first grade teacher on a small island in 1928. Being a small population, she ends up staying with the same students for several years. The film ends in the 1950s, so you kind of know what will probably happen to her male students, and what she and her female students will have to experience. It may be somewhat predictable, but it's incredibly heartbreaking. The film is beautifully made, and filled with Japanese folk songs (strangely, the score of the film is made up of a bunch of Western music, including "Bonnie Annie Laurie" and "There's No Place Like Home"; it's definitely a flaw). Takamine, who starred in several Mikio Naruse films around the same time, is exceptional.


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