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Captive Hearts (1987)

PG | | Drama, Romance, War | 5 June 1987 (USA)
December 1944. As their bomber is shot down during a mission over Japan, Sergeant McManus and Robert, a young lieutenant, have no other choice but make a parachute jump. They are captured ... See full summary »


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Sargon Tamimi (original screenplay "The Hawk"), Pat Morita (screenplay) (as Patrick N. Morita) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Morita ... Fukushima (as Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita)
Chris Makepeace ... Robert
Mari Sato Mari Sato ... Miyoko
Michael Sarrazin ... Sergeant McManus
Seth Sakai Seth Sakai ... Takayama
Denis Akiyama ... Masato
Laurence M. Makamua Laurence M. Makamua ... Priest
Sho Togo Sho Togo ... Military policeman
Shin Sugino Shin Sugino ... Senior Officer
Roger Ito Roger Ito ... Guard
Mas Ishimara Mas Ishimara ... Old guard
George Kadowaki George Kadowaki ... Leading villager
Kano Futurama Kano Futurama ... Leading villager
Doug Funamoto Doug Funamoto ... Work Crew
Kohachiro Ishii Kohachiro Ishii ... Work Crew


December 1944. As their bomber is shot down during a mission over Japan, Sergeant McManus and Robert, a young lieutenant, have no other choice but make a parachute jump. They are captured by local villagers and are saved from execution by Fukushima, the village elder. McManus never accepts his lot unlike Robert, who soon takes an interest in Japanese customs and rites. More, he falls in love with pretty Miyoko, Fukushima's widowed daughter-in-law... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama | Romance | War


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Japanese | English

Release Date:

5 June 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fate of a Hunter See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,462, 7 June 1987

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Kurissama Production See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo | Dolby Stereo (uncredited)


Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?


Cry From The Heart
Lyrics by John Lombardo and John & Judy Kuri
Music by Osamu Kitajima
Performed by Linda Lawley
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Emotionally Poignant, Beautiful Scenery, Gentle Acting
25 January 2001 | by fngcloadSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite "SLEEPER" movies. I found it while cruising the video store on a dreary gray spring day several years ago and I always recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different.

The story is well told and very well acted. It takes place during winter in Northern Japan during World War II. An American bomber is shot down and the 2 flyers parachute into an isolated region near a village that only has women, children and old men living in it as all of the young men are in military service. Pat Morita is the leader of the village and lives with his granddaughter. The village needs much work done and it is decided to keep the Americans and have them to some of the chores in the village. The military is searching for them but the villagers hide them. The Chris Makepeace character falls in love with the granddaughter and the all Michael Sarazin character wants is to escape. The cinematogrophy is amazing - the starkness of a Japanese winter is breathtaking. I won't tell any more of the story so as not to sway anyone to or from this wonderful film. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see a gentle sweet film. There is some minor violence but it is not gratuitous. And, remember, it is a film that takes place during a war.

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