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Children on the Island (1987)

Nijushi no hitomi (original title)
| Drama | 1987 (Japan)
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Credited cast:
Yûko Tanaka Yûko Tanaka ... Hisako Oishi
Tetsuya Takeda Tetsuya Takeda ... Hisako's Husband
Sumie Sasaki Sumie Sasaki ... Hisako's Mother
Misako Konno Misako Konno ... Masuno - aged 26
Tarô Kawano Tarô Kawano ... Isokichi - aged 26
Naoko Nozawa Naoko Nozawa ... Sanae - aged 26
Miho Takagi Miho Takagi ... Matsue - aged 26
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Principal
Kiyoshi Atsumi Kiyoshi Atsumi ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tokie Hidari Tokie Hidari ... Kiyo
Hazuki Kôzu Hazuki Kôzu ... Otsuru - aged 26
Mikiko Otonashi Mikiko Otonashi ... Misako - aged 26
Nobuko Otowa ... Okami
Akira Sakata Akira Sakata ... Teacher
Hiromitsu Suzuki Hiromitsu Suzuki ... Musician


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New version of the Kinoshita classic
13 August 2005 | by poikkeusSee all my reviews

The original version of Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi) was released in 1954, and became one of the most beloved Japanese films ever released. In 1987, a new version was released in color. What's surprising is how really good it is.

In fact, it's almost a scene-by-scene re-do of the original - the kind of thing that often leads to disaster. But the screenplay is so rock solid that it stands the test of time, and what results is a charming, deeply emotional story of a rural schoolteacher and the students she follows through their adult lives. Some might say its sacrilege to compare one to the other, but modern audiences seem to fall in love with the 1987 version in spite of themselves. Stunning colors combine with Yuko Tanaka's breathtaking lead performance to create a film almost certain to enchant. Several scenes actually surpass the original.

The unfortunate thing is that, given the dominance of Kinoshita's classic original, it's just about impossible to locate a copy of the sequel. The film had a one-showing American run, and has never been available on DVD. Sad, since it's so consistently arresting.

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