Touching & Memorable
- Twenty Four Eyes review by CP Customer
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'.
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Principles and Kindness
- Twenty Four Eyes review by AP
I must have watched this at a susceptible moment, because I found it very moving, though some scenes are, I felt, too extended and I was conscious of my feelings being worked on. Nevertheless, the story of a young, western-dressing bicycle-riding teacher taking on a class of little children on an island where the economy is stone-quarrying or fishing/farming, becoming their friend as they go through life, marrying, losing her husband etc etc, was told with enough candour to have me in tears a few times. The teacher is both kind and keen to teach her charges about life in the wider world, but she finds it hard to toe the patriotic line when war is declared and her careful but consistent opposition to it - an opinion confirmed by the death of several of her grown up boy pupils - holds our respect. I respond intensely to people being good to each other, and there were many moments of that for me in this film in praise of committed gentleness.
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