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Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes (Nijushi no hitomi) is an elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher s unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality. Set in a remote, rural island community and spanning decades of Japanese history, from 1928 through World War II and beyond, Kinoshita's film takes a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death, all from the lovingly intimate perspective of Hisako Oshi (Hideko Takamine), as she watches her pupils grow and deal with life's harsh realities. Though little known in the United States, Twenty-Four Eyes is one of Japan's most popular and enduring classics.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:New, restored high-definition digital transfer, New video interview with Japanese cinema historian and critic Tadao Sato about the film and its director, New and improved English subtitle translation.
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay be renowned film scholar Audie Bock and excerpts from an interview with Kinoshita
Sentimental yet clear-eyed, Keisuke Kinoshita's Twenty-Four Eyes tracks the lives of 12 students through the perspective of one teacher. When Hisako Oishi (Hideko Takamine, a favorite of Kinoshita and Mikio Naruse) arrives in Shodoshima in 1928, the islands townspeople take umbrage at her modern suit and "shiny new bike," but Oishi's charm and dedication wins them over in the end. About her charges, she tells her mother, "I don't want those adorable eyes to ever lose their sparkle." Though Oishi means "big stone," the first-graders--five boys and seven girls--call her Miss Pebble due to her petite stature. As the years pass, some of the students leave school to work, while the now-married instructor encourages the boys to consider non-military options. Though she isn't a "Red," Mrs. Oishi subscribes to pacifism and free thought. Similarly, Twenty-Four Eyes doesn't advance a political agenda, but rather a humanist one. As Audie Bock (Japanese Film Directors) notes, Kinoshita placed a high value on "innocence, purity, and beauty," and even after two decades of hardship, his heroine never loses faith in the essential goodness of people.
Though Sakae Tsuboi's 1952 novel inspired a 1987 remake, Kinoshita's film stands as the definitive adaptation. A classic in its native country, this 1954 feature shares the same timeless values as All Quiet on the Western Front and Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Extras include an interview with Tadao Sato (Currents in Japanese Cinema), two trailers, and a booklet with commentary from the director and an essay by Bock. --Kathleen C. FennessySee all Editorial Reviews
After a blind (!) purchase of this fine film, went looking for other titles from this director. From one year earlier: 'Tragedy of Japan'; a look at a small family struggling... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Jrum C.
This is a great movie; very touching. It took me about two weeks to stop thinking about it almost constantly. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Langdon T. Owen
Beautiful emotional film for anyone who loves Japan and the human heart.Published 5 months ago by Pamela Batchelor
I saw this movie around 1974 and was happy to find it in the Criterion Collection. I was actually browsing the Criterion Collection film list, looking for another foreign film and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bruce
This film was released in 1954, an excellent film that traces a teacher and her 12 students from the late 1920s to around 1950. Read morePublished 8 months ago by flybytrade
I AM A SUCKER FOR THE JAPANESE "SOAP" BUT OF COURSE THIS IS SO MUCH MORE - TEARS ARE EARNEDPublished 9 months ago by Ralph H Thompson
Great movie from begining to end.I own alot of asian movies and this ranks as one my top choices.Mrs Oishi,pebbles,crybaby played by the talented and beautiful Hideko Takamine. Read morePublished 16 months ago by asianman
This is truly one of the most beautiful films that I have ever seen. It is touching honestly told and a must see for any film aficionado. Don't miss this! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ralph Hammann
This is a classic film of a lost Japan in transition. It's set in a little seaside town and tells the story of a young, modern teacher - she rides a bicycle - and her first dozen... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kaleberg