Down 9,438 this week

The Heart (1955)
"Kokoro" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  18 July 1982 (Portugal)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 249 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 11 critic

Add a Plot


0Check in

The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1285 titles
created 25 Nov 2011
a list of 66 titles
created 10 Nov 2012
a list of 60 titles
created 21 Feb 2013
list image
a list of 9997 titles
created 26 Nov 2013
a list of 26 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "The Heart" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Heart (1955)

The Heart (1955) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Heart.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Music | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Tatsuya Mihashi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Kenichi Horie is determined to challenge his family, the law and the nature crossing the Pacific to America in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning many unforeseen events will test his determination.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Masayuki Mori, Kinuyo Tanaka
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki
Hakuchi (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako's... See full summary »

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Isao Numasaki, Chieko Nakakita, Atsushi Watanabe
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed while she tours the country, even though the modern world imposes changes on people's behavior.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tomoko Naraoka, Kirin Kiki
Conflagration (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ganjirô Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai
Uwasa no onna (1954)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tomoemon Otani, Yoshiko Kuga
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Katsumi is a university student who has no respect for his hardworking parents, his professors, or even his friends. He helps one friend obtain a loan to finance a dance, by humiliating his... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa
Stars: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Keizô Kawasaki, Ayako Wakao


Cast overview, first billed only:
Michiyo Aratama ...
Nobuchi's wife
Tatsuya Mihashi ...
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
Hioki's mother
Akiko Tamura ...
Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru ...
Hioki's father
Tsutomu Shimomoto ...
Hioki's elder brother
Masami Shimojô ...
Akira Hisamatsu ...
Travelling monk
Tomoko Naraoka ...
Zenji Yamada ...
Nobuchi's uncle
Keiji Itami ...
Kaji's father
Kiyoshi Kamoda ...
Nobuo Kawakami ...


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »







Release Date:

18 July 1982 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Le pauvre coeur des hommes  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Psychological Masterpiece.
13 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of the great pleasures of living in Washington D.C. is the film program at the National Gallery of Art-East Wing. Currently, they are doing a retrospective of Kon Ichikawa. I recently saw "The Burmese Harp" and "Conflagration". This time, I had the pleasure of viewing "The Heart".

This is another superb masterpiece by a truly great living filmmaker. The acting is first rate and the script is apparently faithful to the original novel. Why does Nobuchi visit the grave of his old friend Kaji so often? Why does he not take his wife along? What happened before the untimely death of Kaji? This is a suspenseful and deeply wrought story of true love and friendship.

I have no idea if this will ever be available widely or not, but look out for Japanese film festivals where you live. Any film by this master is worth your time.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Heart (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: