Spanning a twenty-year period, Twenty-four Eyes tells the story of a bright young teacher, Hisaki Oishi (Hideko Takamine), and her ongoing relationship with the class of twelve children, charmingly played, at various stages of their lives, by non-professional local children and young adults. The aging schoolmaster (Chishu Ryu) recognizes her talent, but Hisaki is mistrusted by the remote island community. In time, both the children and adults fall under the spell of this modern, headstrong city-girl - only to see the impending war change their lives for good.
Touching & Memorable
- Twenty Four Eyes review by Jawbreaker
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Yes, its another film about the harsh realities of peasant life in a remote part of Japan. The tale is woven around a small class of children and their teacher. We follow their progress into adulthood and look back on missed opportunities, difficulties and moments lost. At times it plays like an ancient propaganda film from WW2 with the local population happy to serve their country. Then the futility of war and the machine begins to strike home as defeat becomes a new experience. As one mother says 'children can be children once again'.