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The Heart (1955)

Kokoro (original title)
At the end of Meiji era a young student befriend an older man who as a proof of trust but also as a kind of exorcism entrust him his secret, a story about jealousy, betrayal, shame and guilt.

Director:

Kon Ichikawa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Masayuki Mori ... Nobuchi
Michiyo Aratama ... Nobuchi's wife
Tatsuya Mihashi ... Kaji
Shôji Yasui ... Hioki
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... Hioki's mother
Akiko Tamura Akiko Tamura ... Widow
Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru Mutsuhiko Tsurumaru ... Hioki's father
Tsutomu Shimomoto Tsutomu Shimomoto ... Hioki's elder brother
Masami Shimojô ... Broker
Akira Hisamatsu Akira Hisamatsu ... Travelling monk
Tomoko Naraoka Tomoko Naraoka ... Kume
Zenji Yamada Zenji Yamada ... Nobuchi's uncle
Keiji Itami Keiji Itami ... Kaji's father
Kiyoshi Kamoda Kiyoshi Kamoda ... Doctor
Nobuo Kawakami Nobuo Kawakami ... Undertaker
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At the end of Meiji era a young student befriend an older man who as a proof of trust but also as a kind of exorcism entrust him his secret, a story about jealousy, betrayal, shame and guilt.

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Drama

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Mary Poppins it isn't
18 May 2020 | by nevonevilleSee all my reviews

Kokoro is a dark, cruel drama which I found as a non-Japanese difficult to appreciate totally. Maybe it is difficult for a Japanese too. Certainly it is an extremely powerful film, beautifully acted and well-worth seeing. It is the sort of movie that I will want to see again and again, though it is not light viewing. Ibsen comes to early twentieth century Japan. Highly recommended if you are not prone to depression.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

31 August 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Il cuore See more »

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Nikkatsu See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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