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Nijushi no hitomi

Keisuke Kinoshita Japan, 1954

dionysus67's rating of the film Twenty-four Eyes

Superior anti-war melodrama, Kinoshota's best work maybe, "24 Eyes" spans two decades in the life of a primary school teacher (a great H. Takamine!) in her attempt to inculcate to children in a remote island the values of international solidarity, peace and justice. The idyllic play under the cherry-blossoms gives gay to tragedy and to the painful realization that education cannot overcome ideology. Stunning!