The Heart

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
120 min

Nikkatsu Productions


From the novel by NATS UME Soseki

Produced by TAKAGI Masayuki

Screenplay by INOMATA Katsuhito

and HASEBE Keiji

Cinematography by ITO Takeo

Art direction by KOIKE Kazumi

Music by OKI Masao


Nobuchi ("Sensei") - MORI Masayuki

Shizu, Nobuchi's wife -


Kaji - MIHASHI Tatsuya

Hioki Jiro - YAS UI Shoji

Hioki's mother - KITABAYASHI Tanie

Shizu's mother - TAMURA Akiko

Hioki's father - TS URUMARU Mutsuhiko

Hioki's brother - SHIMOMOTO Tsutomu

Employment agent - SHIMOJO Masami

Kume, the maid - NARAOKA Tomoko

Directed by ICHIKAWA Kon

April, 45th Year of the Meiji Era (1912)


Aren't you coming?

No, I'm not. You go by yourself.

I'll stay here.

But the maid's here.

I've still got things to do.

You're still angry, aren't you?

It was my fault.

Come on, get changed

and we'll go together.

Why don't you wear

that new obi belt you bought?

Don't mess up the drawer.

This one?

Aren't you going to change, my dear?

I'll go just as I am, I always do.

You're still hiding something from me,

I know.

That's enough! Don't be ridiculous...

You don't like being seen

with me at your side.

Shizu... stop it.

But... what else am I supposed to think?

Stop talking like this.

There is no other woman.

Then why shouldn't I accompany you

to Kaji's grave?

But I just asked you to come!


You don't really want me to.

Shizu, you misunderstand me.

Please, just go alone.

Idiot! It's not what you're thinking!


Died - 23rd October 1897


Have you been following me?

Your wife said that I'd find you here.

Did my wife tell you

whose grave I was visiting?


I actually wanted to borrow

some books, sir.

For my graduation thesis.

I see. You can borrow

whatever you need.

Thank you very much.

- Is your family tomb here, sir?

- No.

- Then whose grave is it? A relative's?

- No.

It's my friend's grave.

- And you visit it every month?

- That's right.

There are so many different kinds

of graves here. It's interesting...

Perhaps I could come with you

next time you visit. I like it here.

I prefer to come alone.

I don't even bring my wife.

Listen, Hioki, you've probably never

thought seriously about death.

What was my wife doing?

She was watering the plants.

I see...

Shall we go for a beer?

- Do you drink, sir?

- I haven't had one for a while.

It's just nearby.


Two beers, please.

Sorry, sorry.

Why is it you call round

to see me so often?

There's no particular reason.

- Would you prefer I didn't?

- No, not at all.

I'm a lonely person.

So I'm always happy to see you.

I was just interested in your reasons

for visiting.

But why, sir?

- How old are you?

- Twenty-three.

Do you feel lonely at times, then?

I never feel lonely.

Then why do you come calling

at my house?


But coming round to my house

won't make you feel any less lonely.

But I respect your knowledge, sir.

Why do you respect me

as your "sensei"?

I'm a wretched man.

What a day!

Did you not have a pleasant day?

I had an argument with my wife.

With your wife?

She showed no sign of it.

She misunderstands me.

How does she misunderstand you, sir?

After we argued, I shouldn't have

walked out like I did.

She's the only woman in this world

I've ever known.

I can't think of any other women

apart from my wife.

And my wife...

she thinks the same about me.

We ought to be

the happiest couple in the world.

Ought to be? That means you're not?

- Do we look it?

- Yes...

Funny, isn't it?

Well... I ought to get back home

to my wife.

I have to go, too.

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