Nijushi no Hitomi (Twenty-Four Eyes)
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Nijushi no Hitomi (Twenty-Four Eyes)
This gentle, sensitive Japanese drama features Hideko Takamine as a schoolteacher who begins her long career in 1927. The film follows the woman's progress through World War II and also traces the individual destinies of her first 12 pupils. The emphasis is on the maintenance of traditional Japanese values in the face of an increasingly militaristic government and how the effort to remain loyal to those values affects the teacher, her husband, and her students. As everyone grows older, ideals are shattered and compromised, and beauty is subjugated to ugliness. The film closes with an… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The only film available on videotape from the masterful Keisuke Kinoshita, whose brilliance is practically unknown in the US."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Even without comparison to other 1954 Japanese releases, Keisuke Kinoshita's serpentine and sentimental Twenty-Four Eyes would still be pretty thin soup."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Twenty Four Eyes remained a favorite with Japanese audiences for decades after its production. Its use of music and cinematography alone is conducive to an indulgence in nostalgia."
‑ Freda Freiberg, Senses of Cinema
"A leisurely, lyrical reflection on time, tragedy and memory - but twenty-four eyes make for too much weeping."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Sentimental but sincere."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
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