- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 19, 2008
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Criterion
- 2-Disc Set
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 1.0 - Japanese
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Teasers
- Keisuke Kinoshita, Director
- Tadao Sato, Cinema Historian
- Booklet - 1955 Interview Excerpts With Kinoshita
- Booklet - Essay by Audie Bock, Film Scholar
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Uncut - 05/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] powerful humanist study, detailing the effects of history on a generation of Japanese men."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"TWENTY FOUR EYES is as sensitive to the poverty of its characters as it is to the rise of militarism....Kinoshita's vision coheres around Takamine Hideko's powerful performance as the teacher."
This is the heart-warming story of a teacher who pours all of her love and creativity into educating a dozen children who are living on a small island and are destined for tragedy during the difficult wartime years.
Description by Image Entertainment:
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.
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