This warm drama from Japan follows the life of teacher Hisako Oishi (Hideko Takamine), who takes charge of 12 children on a small island village at the dawn of World War II after their former teacher leaves to get married. At first hesitant to accept Oishi, the children soon develop a strong bond with her as they endure many of life's trials together. Keisuke Kinoshita directs; Yukio Watanabe, Kunio Sato co-star. 156 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Japanese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; interviews; theatrical trailers. In Japanese with English subtitles.