Twenty-Four Eyes

The only film available on videotape from the masterful Keisuke Kinoshita, whose brilliance is practically unknown in the US, TWENTY-FOUR EYES chronicles 20 years in the lives of a loving teacher (Hideo Takemine, the star of 11 Kinoshita films) and 12 of her pupils in a small Inland Sea village. Concerned in many of his films with youth, purity, and innocence,...read more

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The only film available on videotape from the masterful Keisuke Kinoshita, whose brilliance is practically unknown in the US, TWENTY-FOUR EYES chronicles 20 years in the lives of a loving teacher (Hideo Takemine, the star of 11 Kinoshita films) and 12 of her pupils in a small Inland Sea

village. Concerned in many of his films with youth, purity, and innocence, the prolific Kinoshita directed some of the most visually inventive and audacious movies to come out of Japan--from his early WOMAN (a 1948 romantic thriller that has the urgency of a Hollywood B-movie) to CARMEN COMES HOME

(a wild 1951 musical satire about a bubbly stripper) to THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (his 1958 adaptation of the popular ballad about old age that contains some of the most remarkable lighting schemes and set designs ever put on film). Yet this is his most popular film. It centers on the teacher as she

watches helplessly as her pupils are called to join the war effort, leading to much sorrow and the inevitable loss of innocence. An interesting complement to this film is Masahiro Shinoda's 1985 film MACARTHUR'S CHILDREN, a less impressive effort about the effect of the American presence on a

group of schoolchildren at the close of WWII. The videocassette is in Japanese with English subtitles.

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