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still from Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1954)

Twenty-Four Eyes

Keisuke Kinoshita / JP, 1954 / 154 min.

Elegant, sensitive film about the tremendous dedication of a teacher, to her pupils and her profession. Kinoshita's masterpiece is set on a remote island and covers decades of Japanese history, from 1928 to the post-war period.

poster Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1954)
In 1928, a female teacher with a well-functioning moral compass (the magnificent Hideko Takamine) arrives in a small spa town on an island. Progressive and open-minded as she is, she tries to impart these same attributes to her pupils – particularly as the dark clouds of Japanese militarism start to influence so many aspects of everyday life.

Details

Director

Keisuke Kinoshita

Production year

1954

Country

JP

Original title

Nijū-shi no Hitomi

Length

154 min.

Language

Japanese

Subtitles

ENG

Format

DCP

Part of

Shochiku 100

Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi, Takeshi Kitano: the masters of Japanese cinema. But did you know that their work was made possible by Shochiku? In 2022 Eye is marking over one hundred years of one of Japan’s oldest, and largest, film companies.

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campaign image Shochiku 100 (still from Carmen Comes Home (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1951))
still from Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1954)
still from Twenty-Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, JP 1954)

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