Twenty-Four Eyes

Twenty-Four Eyes

Hideko Takamine
Director: Keisuke Kinoshita Cast: Hideko Takamine
Hideko Takamine
, Yumeji Tsukioka
Yumeji Tsukioka
, Takahiro Tamura
Takahiro Tamura
Keisuke Kinoshita

DVD (Wide Screen / B&W)

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Overview

This gentle, sensitive Japanese drama features Hideko Takamine as a schoolteacher who begins her long career in 1927. The film follows the woman's progress through World War II and also traces the individual destinies of her first 12 pupils. The emphasis is on the maintenance of traditional Japanese values in the face of an increasingly militaristic government and how the effort to remain loyal to those values affects the teacher, her husband, and her students. As everyone grows older, ideals are shattered and compromised, and beauty is subjugated to ugliness. The film closes with an emotional reunion scene that evokes memories of similarly structured Hollywood historical dramas. Filmed in 1954, 24 Eyes was not released outside of Japan until 1957. Its U.S. premiere occurred in 1960; its television debut took place 14 years later on PBS.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
UPC: 0715515031325
Original Release: 1954
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Time: 2:36:00
Sales rank: 39,321

Special Features

New, restored high-defintion digital transfer; New video interview with Japanese cinema historian and critic Tadao Sato about the film and its Director; Theatrical teasers; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Audie Bock and an excerpt from a 1955 interview with Kinoshita

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Twenty Four Eyes
1. Shodoshima [4:46]
2. Modern [4:31]
3. Lines [3:31]
4. Attendance [4:29]
5. Bonding [3:04]
6. Worries [5:11]
7. Seashore [5:13]
8. Substitute [3:14]
9. Visit [12:12]
10. Problem [1:58]
11. Waves [6:17]
12. Officer [6:23]
13. Lily [5:39]
14. Red [7:15]
15. Passage [6:31]
16. Steps [8:04]
17. Hopes [6:18]
18. Duty [4:02]
19. Quitting [4:37]
20. Adrift [6:32]
21. Losses [12:44]
22. Announcement [6:05]
23. Persimmon [2:30]
24. Returning [2:19]
25. Markers [4:08]
26. Faces [5:06]
27. Remember [6:36]
28. Bars [6:33]

Customer Reviews

Twenty-Four Eyes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bbnghou More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely movie about the loss of innocence in Japan before WWII and the pressures on school teachers to train the students in a small fishing village to give everything to the emperor.