MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,377 this week

Nobody Knows (2004)
"Dare mo shiranai" (original title)

8.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.1/10 from 14,724 users   Metascore: 88/100
Reviews: 93 user | 127 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Emmy Awards 2014

We have the winners, photos and more in our 2014 Emmys section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 07 Dec 2010
 
a list of 45 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Nobody Knows" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Nobody Knows (2004)

Nobody Knows (2004) on IMDb 8.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Nobody Knows.
13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

After Life (1998)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Arata Iura, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima
I Wish (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

12-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, begins to believe that the new bullet train service will create a miracle when the first trains pass each other at top speed.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Kôki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Hiroshi Abe
Hana (2006)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Rie Miyazawa, Arata Furuta
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki
Maborosi (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet ... See full summary »

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naitô, Tadanobu Asano
Air Doll (2009)
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi
Confessions (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jae-Young is an amateur prostitute who sleeps with men while her best friend Yeo-Jin "manages" her, fixing dates, taking care of the money and making sure the coast is clear. When Jae-Young... See full summary »

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Yeo-reum Han, Ji-min Kwak, Eol Lee
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim
Distance (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Members of a cult, modeled on Aum Shinrikyo, sabotage a city's water supply, then commit mass suicide near the shores of a lake. Family members of the perpetrators meet at the lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Arata Iura, Yûsuke Iseya, Susumu Terajima
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An elementary school in Japan begins an experimental program that frames the students' curriculum around one single project: the raising of a calf from adolescence to adulthood. Through ... See full summary »

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Yûya Yagira ...
Ayu Kitaura ...
Kyoko
Hiei Kimura ...
Shigeru
Momoko Shimizu ...
Hanae Kan ...
Saki
You ...
Keiko, the mother
Kazuyoshi Kushida ...
Yoshinaga, The Landlord
Yukiko Okamoto ...
Eriko Yoshinaga
Sei Hiraizumi ...
Mini-market Manager
...
Mini-market Employee
Takako Tate ...
Mini-market teller
Yûichi Kimura ...
Sugihara (Taxi Driver)
Ken'ichi Endô ...
Susumu Terajima ...
Baseball coach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinichi Hashizawa
Edit

Storyline

In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Shigeru and Yuki. Kyoko, another sibling arrives later by train. The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money finishes, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rental. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who never watched the movie based on his comments about 3 children in luggage when there were only two.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 October 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Nobody Knows  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$32,393 (USA) (4 February 2005)

Gross:

$683,575 (USA) (24 June 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed chronologically over almost an entire year. See more »

Goofs

When Akira buys the stack of chocolates for Yuki near the end of the movie, he buys 19 boxes and the total comes to 1,895 yen. As there was no sales tax at the time Japan, each box would have to be priced at 99.74 yen - which is essentially impossible. See more »

Quotes

Kyoko: Guess Yuki grew.
See more »

Connections

Remade as Nobody Knows See more »

Soundtracks

Houseki
Sung by Takako Tate
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Nasal Whisper
12 March 2005 | by (Oakland, California) – See all my reviews

No doubt there are others I haven't heard of, but for me Dare mo shiranai forms the latest entry in a trilogy of Japanese films based on true incidents involving abusive parents: Oshima's 1969 Shonen (Boy), Nomura's 1978 Kichiku (The Demon) are the others. Shonen I saw long ago and isn't available. Kichiku I watched barely two weeks ago. Nomura's camera tends to accuse, while Oshima's, if I recall, just watches, miming cinema vérité. Kore-eda, like Oshima, tends -- I mean this literally not pejoratively -- to voyeurism.

Knowing the story too well already from difficult-to-dodge early reviews and distributor publicity, I couldn't help seeing as ironic the early scenes in which the children's mother Keiko is still a factor. Her voice an almost cute nasal whisper, something like that of a child boisterously ignoring a cold (compare the whisper-singing actress in Swallowtail Butterfly and Picnic or I don't know which Karie Kahimi cut (but my favorites are all on Larmes de Crocodile)), she comes across as a really great mother. The family may be on the outs, sneaking, two or three gone fetal inside suitcases, into a one-child apartment, but it's a family of five, not four victims and a demon. The "unpacking" of the children looks clever, magical. It's fairytale stuff. So is the chatter, the family life, those first nights especially, in the new apartment. Keiko's one of them and their mother in charge of them, all at once. They may complain but they clearly admire something in her, and obey her to the letter. They've learned from her a self-reliance that so astounds throughout the film, that its slow breakdown is that much more shattering. Not just their compliance, but the skill with which they do without her during her increasingly long absences testify to what she's done for and with them. How many children you know could survive this well for this long in these circumstances?

Or is what I'm seeing just the actress You's skill with the nonprofessional child actors? I think probably it's both, You and Keiko, and that Kore-eda knew and used this.

There's going to be too much written here about this film (and on the IMDb message board look for some really knowledgeable comments by YukoK that make my top of the head rambling near worthless by comparison). I try never to repeat or preempt others' contributions, but wondered how many would register Keiko's mother-skills.

Kore-eda doesn't shy from deconstructing the closest thing he has here to a protagonist, eldest son Akira. After Keiko's whisper-voice goes slowly sinister and collapses finally into written notes, we watch his will and integrity falter even as he attracts the sympathy of the shop girl and cast-out Saki. I don't think there's a deliberately sentimental shot in the entire film. The achingly symbolic garden that mimics Akira's decline and the nighttime trek to the burial site may come closest, but both are forgivable and may have been unavoidable. If you haven't already seen Nobody Knows, prepare yourself for a fine ten-minute cry.

See my comment at Distance (2001) for a snippet of Kore-eda apologetic in person.


27 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What did Saki do for the money? danib60
Am I the only one who thought the mother was a prostitute? chris-olson2
Directorial touches and the camera work was brilliant! snesss
nice photo of the cast blx118
Nobody Knows soundtrack... blx118
Grave of the Fireflies reference? manicm
Discuss Nobody Knows (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?