The extra effort to cast young, look-alike siblings and matching adult actors has created the moving illusion that we are witnessing our own classroom of kids growing up. A bit heavy with the waterworks, but the tears aren't jerked... they're earned.
I figured this would be good, but what an unexpected delight "Twenty-Four Eyes" was. It follows a Japanese woman's life as a teacher, and her effect on her first class of first-graders. Don't let the sing-song vibe of the first 45 minutes fool you. It's sentimental throughout, but this turns into a very effective, somber melodrama by the end. The lyrical juxtaposition of pedagogy and subordination is superb.
Even though it is filled with some tacky scenes of sentimentality the film as a whole packs a powerful punch, which makes you care for the teacher who is against the war, and who witnesses her students growing up with the affects of war-torn Japan.
It's a simple yet powerful story, very emotional, filled with nostalgy and sadness. Set in difficult and turbulent time for Japan explains the conflict between strive for a peaceful, quiet life and loyalty to the state. I'm surprised how this film stays relevant to this day. Masterfully directed, some shots are absolutely beautiful. I also enjoyed the traditional songs in this film. Excellent!
Film fiume non solo perché supera i vent'anni di storia e le 2ore e1/2 di durata,ma perché fatto di lacrime:dei personaggi(non ho mai visto piangere così tanto in un film,scelta necessaria per esprimere con il corpo ciò che la società proibisce di dire a parole)e del pubblico(impossibile non commuoversi,soprattutto nei momenti di tenerezza enfatizzati dal contesto drammatico).Un film che parla sfacciatamente al cuore
Although the character of the Teacher is well developed and her free minded spirit sets an unbiased contrast to the scarring experience of the war, the length of the film works against the story. Just as excessive sentimentalism, too many tears and a lemme-slash-my-wrists music do.
How to tell a story like this one, full of strong sentiments and powerful political implications, without falling in an apology of nationalism or guilty feelings for what happened? I got the answer watching this film: telling it from the point of view of the simple people and their everyday life, ordinary people whose only wish is to live enjoying peace and happiness... My mother would love watching this film!
For all its sentimentality, the film succeeds well as an epic lamentation for lost innocence. It's at its strongest when Kinoshita allows an easy pace (especially the opening and concluding acts) allowing both action and scenery to breathe. By contrast I felt it lost momentum when forcing too much plot. In a strange way, the film is at its most impassioned and angry when it conveys things in its most gentle way.