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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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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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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

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1.37 : 1
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A Psychological Masterpiece.
13 November 2001 | by nbottSee 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.


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