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.
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.
Nijū-shi no Hitomi
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