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A Century of Japanese Cinema - Twenty-Four Eyes (Hong Kong Version) VCD

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A Century of Japanese Cinema - Twenty-Four Eyes (Hong Kong Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

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Product Title: A Century of Japanese Cinema - Twenty-Four Eyes (Hong Kong Version) 日本百年映畫史:二十四隻眼睛 (香港版) 日本百年映画史:二十四只眼睛 (香港版) 日本百年映畫史:二十四の瞳 (海外版) A Century of Japanese Cinema - Twenty-Four Eyes (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Takamine Hideko 高峰秀子 高峰秀子 高峰秀子 Takamine Hideko
Release Date: 2003-01-24
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): VCD
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Other Information: Oversea Version
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1002492291

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主演:高峰秀子、天本英世、田村高廣、笠智眾
導演:木下惠介

故事由1928年開始,在民風純樸的漁村裡,女教師大石春風化雨、盡心盡力教導一班天真爛漫的小孩,建立了一段 是師生、又像是母親般的深厚情誼。可惜,不久戰爭的陰影便籠罩整個漁村,老師用的教課書竟也被指為荼毒小孩的工具。老師的丈夫也在戰爭中死去,村內不少男生被派到前線,前途未卜。戰爭告終,老師復職,並與昔日的學生緬懷戰死的同學們…「二十四隻眼睛」歌頌女性的堅忍忠貞的性格和單純正直的價值觀,感人至深,沒有看過的觀眾是不受感動的,也是木下惠介最著名的傑作之人。

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10 (2)

Kevin Kennedy
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May 16, 2008

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Kinoshita drops the ball Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
Since I had greatly enjoyed the two previous films I'd seen by director Kinoshita Keisuke ("Carmen Comes Home" and "Tragedy of Japan"), I was eager to see this award-winning film. The film opens promisingly; new teacher Oishi Hisako, played by the luminous Takamine Hideko, rides her bike nine miles each day to instruct the twelve first-graders in a small fishing community. The parents are hostile to her; they don't like her Western-style suits, her bicycle, the fact that she's an outsider. However, her pupils soon come to embrace her for the enthusiasm and love she brings to her work.

Events take a darker turn when Oishi Sensei falls into a hole and tears a tendon in her leg. It is an omen of things to come, as we slowly see the children's lives take turns for the worse. As they grow up, the girls one after another end up with lives they despise and the boys march off to war. Oishi Sensei quits her job and becomes mired in a perpetual funk.

Director Kinoshita drags this gloomy tale out for over two and a half hours. There really is no plot; the characters are passive in accepting their fates; things just happen, and most of them are bad. Kinoshita tells his overlong story in a pedestrian manner. When he wants to show reaction shots of the students, he doesn't show just one or two. No, he has to show us how each of the twelve students are reacting, dwelling in prolonged close-ups on each of their tear-stained faces. When he wants to present the children singing, Kinoshita doesn't just present a part of a song. No, we hear multiple verses of the song.

Kinoshita easily could have sliced an hour out of this film's running length and the movie would have benefitted greatly from the trimming. Takamine Hideko, one of the loveliest and most talented actresses ever to grace the silver screen, is reduced to morose moping for much of the film's second half. Perhaps this tedious dud was perceived as a profound meditation when it was released; its gooey sentimentality and lack of drama now make it seem like a missed opportunity.
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Jasmine
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April 14, 2005

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One of the best films to showcase the brilliance o Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
This is a movie that follows the life of a teacher in a small fishing village in Japan during the war. Although we can hear that the war is taking place, no direct effects of the war reach this seemingly peaceful village, but yet, the hardships of war affect all people and all nations involved and both sides, aggressors and the attacked, and especially the innocent civilians caught in between, are victims. We see the earlier, happier days of Oishi Sensei as she leads her class of first graders in singing lessons, but the film as the film progresses more and more of the class of 12 first graders are unable to attend classes due to hardships, and Oishi Sensei too, changes due to the war, though her undying care for her students never fade. This movie may be long and in black and white, but it is definitely a great film to watch. I'm very glad that I found this movie on Yesasia.Com
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