Keisuke KINOSHITA 木下恵介

Twenty-Four Eyes


Nippon Retro   ² 

In 1928, Hisako, a young teacher, is appointed to work at an elementary school on a remote island. Years later, as the effects of the Pacific War begin to be felt in Japan, the lives of the people on the idyllic island are thrown into turmoil. Director Keisuke KINOSHITA masterfully depicts the fate of the teacher and her students as they struggle with the consequences of war and propaganda.

Nijushi no hitomi

Japan 1954

155 minutes


Keisuke KINOSHITA based on a novel by Sakae TSUBOI

Hiroshi KUSUDA


About Keisuke KINOSHITA

Keisuke KINOSHITA (1912–1998) is considered one of the most important Japanese directors. Starting in 1943, he made popular dramas, comedies, romances, ghost stories and noir films for Studio Shochiku, finding strong images even within conventions. After ARMY (1944), he was not allowed to work until the end of World War II. From 1945 on, the tension between the past and the hope for a new beginning was his central theme. The suffering, responsibility, and moral challenge of the individual are at the heart of many of his dramas. KINOSHITA’s rejection of feudal, militaristic Japan is clearly visible. With CARMEN COMES HOME (1951), he brought the first Japanese color film to the cinema, a summer comedy with serious overtones. KINOSHITA, who also repeatedly addressed the contrast between country and city, is considered the central humanist of post-war Japanese cinema. His sensitively-portrayed characters and their fates continue to touch audiences today.