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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.

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... 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
... 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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The truth about being Japanese.
6 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

25 years ago I made up my mind I would move to Japan. So I wrote to people in Japan who had lived there for over thirty years, and asked them what would be the #1 movie I should watch that encapsulated the spirit of the Japanese.

They all suggested "24 Eyes".

Now, after having lived in a strictly Japanese environment for five years, and having seen well over thirty Japanese movies, not to mention over a thousand hours of TV shows and animae, it is still the #1 to me.

By today's standards it will seem extremely "G" rated, a little too slow and a bit too long. But for those who want to really understand people, and where they are coming from, I can't think of a better movie to recommend. I wish every culture, particularly those that may be going extinct, would use this movie as a guideline to tell their story.


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