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Twenty-Four Eyes

Keisuke Kinoshita

 
Twenty-Four Eyes (Criterion DVD)

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  • Japan
  • 1954
  • 156 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #442

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.

Cast

HisakoHideko Takamine
Hisako's motherShizue Natsukawa
Male school teacherChishu Ryu
Male school teacher’s wifeKumeko Urabe
Hisako's husbandHideyo [Eisei] Amamoto

Credits

DirectorKeisuke Kinoshita
ProducerRyotaro Kuwata
Based on the novel bySakae Tsuboi
ScreenplayKeisuke Kinoshita
CinematographyHiroyuki Kusuda
EditingYoshi Sugiwara
MusicChuji Kinoshita
Art directionKimihiko Nakamura

Disc 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

    New cover by Michael Boland

Film Essays

Twenty-Four Eyes: Growing Pains

By Audie Bock August 18, 2008

One of the most awarded films in Japanese history, Twenty-Four Eyes was already a nostalgia piece when Keisuke Kinoshita directed it in 1954. For a Japanese audience just three years out of the . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Twenty-Four Eyes: Growing Pains

By Audie Bock August 18, 2008

One of the most awarded films in Japanese history, Twenty-Four Eyes was already a nostalgia piece when Keisuke Kinoshita directed it in 1954. For a Japanese audience just three years out of the . . . Read more »