Film Micrœview #141: Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
09.22.2014 § Leave a comment
It was kind of long. There was lots of crying. There were lots of children singing.
I’m more interested in this film’s historical context than its intrinsic qualities. As indulgently prying on the emotions of its target audience as this movie may seem today, it feels like a critical statement on the situation of people outside of Japan’s power system during their imperialist years, and a proud illustration of their contributions to its society — not fighting, but modeling what is more important. I wonder if the nostalgia and sentimentality and sadness truly confront the issues as well as a little anger would, though — that said, a refusal to cry for defeat, in this waterworks context, is quite emphatic.
Had some rather beautifully composed shots, I must say.