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A Wifes Heart

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Director  Mikio Naruse
Music director  Ichiro Saito
Country  Japan
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Production  Toho Co., Ltd.
Writer  Toshiro Ide
Language  Japanese
A Wifes Heart movie poster
Release date  3 May 1956 (1956-05-03) (Japan)
Cast  Hideko Takamine, Toshirō Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Akemi Negishi, Yôko Sugi, Machiko Kitagawa
Similar movies  Gone Girl, The Wolf of Wall Street, Now You See Me, Casino Royale, Die Hard, Citizen Kane

A Wife's Heart (妻の心, Tsuma no kokoro) is a 1956 black and white Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse, of a wife (with a cheating husband) who falls for a handsome banker, Toshiro Mifune.



The story is about the interactions between Kiyoko (Hideko Takamine) and her bank clerk bachelor confidant Kenkichi (Toshiro Mifune). Kiyoko, along with her husband Shinji (Keiju Kobayashi), wants to open a coffee shop and so goes to Kenkichi to ask for a loan. Family financial and emotion troubles mount within her household, and Kiyoko falls for the handsome Kenkichi. Their entire relationship is a series of beginnings and endings with the middles cut out. It is at first purely a business association, though after Shinji (at the manipulative behest of his matchmaker mother) gives a majority of the loan to his deadbeat brother Zenichi, Kiyoko starts to think that her feelings for Kenkichi may be more than platonic.

Neither nakedly confess their heart's desire, as the closest they come is during a sequence, set against the backdrop of a torrential downpour, where Kenkichi utters the first few words of a thought that he will never finish. It allows the rainstorm to act as an expressive emotional outlet—nature thus concludes what Kenkichi cannot.


  • Hideko Takamine
  • Toshiro Mifune
  • Keiju Kobayashi
  • Akemi Negishi
  • Yoko Sugi
  • Machiko Kitagawa
  • Chieko Nakakita
  • Ranko Hanai
  • Sadako Sawamura
  • Eiko Miyoshi
  • Minoru Chiaki
  • Daisuke Katō
  • Haruo Tanaka
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya
  • References

    A Wife's Heart Wikipedia
    A Wifes Heart IMDb A Wifes Heart

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