In the early 1960's, a quintet of hopeful, young African-American men form an amateur vocal group called The Five Heartbeats. After an initially rocky start, the group improves, turns pro, and rises to become a top flight music sensation. Along the way, however, the guys learn many hard lessons about the reality of the music industry.
In 1990, actor, comedian, writer and director, Robert Townsend, went against every obstacle in Hollywood, relying on his faith, street smarts, and tenacity to bring his passion project, 1991’s The Five Heartbeats, to big screens. The Motown-flavored story of the rise and fall of an African-American vocal group in the 1960s, the musical drama is the subject of Townsend’s documentary, Making The Five Heartbeats. The documentary chronicles the inspiring journey of a young black writer/director (Townsend) determined to present a new image of black people in cinema while endeavoring to create a classic.
Padam Padam... The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats is a 2011 South Korean romance/fantasy television series, starring Jung Woo-sung, Han Ji-min and Kim Bum. The series was written by Noh Hee-kyung, and the title is a reference to a 1951 Edith Piaf song, an onomatopoeia expressing the sound of a heartbeat. It was one of the inaugural dramas on newly launched cable channel jTBC, and aired from December 5, 2011 to February 7, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 20:45 for 20 episodes.