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Twenty-Four Eyes (二十四の瞳, Nijū-shi no Hitomi), based on the 1952 novel of the same name by Sakae Tsuboi, is a 1954 Japanese film directed by Keisuke Kinoshita.

Twenty-Four Eyes
Niju-shi no Hitomi poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKeisuke Kinoshita
Produced byRyotaro Kuwata
Screenplay byKeisuke Kinoshita
Based ona novel by Sakae Tsuboi
StarringHideko Takamine
Music byChuji Kinoshita
CinematographyHiroshi Kusuda
Edited byYoshi Sugihara
Distributed byShochiku
Release date
  • 15 September 1954 (1954-09-15)
Running time
154 min.
Photograph taken within the film of teacher Hisako Ōishi and her twelve first-grade students.


The movie follows the career of a schoolteacher named Hisako Ōishi (played by Hideko Takamine) in Shōdoshima during the rise and fall of Japanese ultra-nationalism in the beginning of the Shōwa period. The narrative begins in 1928 with the teacher's first class of first grade students and follows her through 1946.



The film has been released on DVD in the United Kingdom as part of the Masters of Cinema Collection from Eureka! video and in the US as part of The Criterion Collection.
A 1987 color remake was directed by Yoshitaka Asama.

Besides the movie versions, there were also TV drama recreations (1964 (TV Tokyo), 1967 (TV Asahi), 1974 (NHK), 1976 (NHK), 1979 (TBS), 2005 (NTV), and 2013 (TV Asahi)), as well as an animated version (1980 (Fuji TV)) (Filmography)

External linksEdit

  • Twenty-Four Eyes on IMDb
  • Twenty-Four Eyes at AllMovie
  • "二十四の瞳 (Nijū-shi no Hitomi)" (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  • Twenty-Four Eyes: Growing Pains an essay by Audie Bock at the Criterion Collection