Twenty-four eyes

Twenty-four eyes

DVD - 2008 | Japanese | Special ed. --
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An elegant, emotional chronicle of a teacher's unwavering commitment to her students, her profession, and her sense of morality. It takes a simultaneously sober and sentimental look at the epic themes of aging, war, and death.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
Edition: Special ed. --
ISBN: 9781604650570
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (156 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. --


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Jan 23, 2017

二十四の瞳 (Nijushi no hitomi,) a tearjerker epic of Japanese history during the tumultuous times between 1928 to 1948, told in the eyes of an elementary school teacher in a rural village -"Among the islands of Japan's inland sea, the second largest after Awaji is Shodoshima." B&W, filled with songs of the days, nature's beauty, family values, struggles of educators and students alike, and of course the carnage of the economic depression and WW II. The accompanying booklet with Audie Bock's "Growing Pains" on the nuance of the film is a must read, see link to entire text in "Summary."

Feb 09, 2014

touching, long, sentimental and a bit melodramatic. great cinematography. a good depiction of the glorification of fighting for your country and the silencing of opposing opinions.


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Jan 23, 2017

"The Crags of Senbiki" lyrics:
Night falls in autumn
Upon our encampment covered in frost
A flock of crying geese
Passes overhead
Moonlight once shone
Upon our planted swords
That moonlight of olden days
Where is it now?
Above the castle ruins
The moon rises at midnight
lts light remains unchanged
For whom does it shine now?
Nothing along the fence
But the creeping vine
No sound from the pines
But the howling wind
The lights in the heavens
Are forever constant
But the fates of those on earth
Forever rise and fall
Will you choose to shine upon us
Even to this very day?
High above the castle ruins
O midnight moon!

Jan 23, 2017

One of the numerous folks songs with beautiful lyrics "Song of the Beach." - Japanese "To Sir With Love" ballad:

In the morning light
I'm reminded
Of things from times past
The sound of the wind
The shapes of the clouds
The tide coming in
The colors of the shells
Wandering the beach
In the evening light
I'm reminded
Of people from times past
The tide coming in
The tide going out
The color of the moon
The light of the stars
We look up to our teachers
So grateful for their kindness
The years on the playground
Have passed so quickly
We look back
On those precious days
But now we must part
and say good-bye


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Jan 23, 2017

Twenty-Four Eyes: Growing Pains By Audie Bock

One of the most awarded films in Japanese history, Twenty-Four Eyes was already a nostalgia piece when Keisuke Kinoshita directed it in 1954. For a Japanese audience just three years out of the Allied occupation following the heartrending devastation of World War II, this quietly moving story, based on a book by Sakae Tsuboi and spanning two decades in the lives of an island schoolteacher and her first twelve elementary school pupils, was seen as a celebration of the positive family values and scenic beauty that defeat and privation could not destroy. After years of propaganda and stifling censorship, it was rejuvenating for viewers to watch innocent children play, laugh, sing, cry, and grow up through the eyes of a fresh-faced, smart, and affectionate young teacher, played by the beautiful and indomitable Hideko Takamine. Twenty-Four Eyes was undoubtedly a woman’s film, honoring the endurance and self-sacrifice of mothers and daughters trying to preserve their families, and providing a cathartic cry, or “three-handkerchief” moviegoing experience. It lives on, however, not as a melodramatic tearjerker but as a meticulously detailed portrait of what are perceived as the best qualities in the Japanese character: humility, perseverance, honesty, love of children, love of nature, and love of peace. ...

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