MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 430 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 15,078 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

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 02 Apr 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 27 May 2012
 
a list of 39 titles
created 21 Jun 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 11 Jul 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 21 Jul 2012
 

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
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
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
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
Departures (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita
Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki
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
However... (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 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
Comedy

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Suzu Hirose
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

Hirokazu Koreeda wrote the first draft of the screenplay fifteen years before the film was actually made. At that point it was titled "Wonderful Sunday" and unfolded from Akira's subjective point of view, ending with a fantasy sequence in which the entire family (the children, the mother and the various fathers) are reunited for a Sunday outing. 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

Yuki: No, I'm gonna meet mommy at the station.
Kyoko: She's not coming home today.
Yuki: I'm sure she's coming home today.
See more »

Connections

Featured in A Story of Children and Film (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Houseki
Sung by Takako Tate
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Absolutely Astounding!
15 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are very few films I have seen that had the power to affect me as deeply as Nobody Knows. As highly as I recommend it, I must also forewarn, that this film has power, some very serious power. To call Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows anything less than a masterpiece would be an insult to the story it tells. The craftsmanship we witness here, from the masterful direction to the outstanding performances that the children were able to commit to, are all something of incredible proportions.

Nobody Knows, which is a true story, tells of four siblings, ages 5-12, from different fathers, who live in a small apartment in Tokyo. At first, they live in the apartment with their childish Mother who is hardly ever home. With the exception of the oldest, Akira, the mother snuck the children in to keep the rent lower and prohibits them from ever leaving the apartment, even the veranda, for fear of them being seen. The children do not go to school. As they look after each other, all they do is patiently and affectionately wait for their mother to come home.

As the story progresses, the children wake up one morning to some money on the kitchen table with a note from their mother saying that she'll be home in a month. As Akira steps up and takes charge of the apartment, the bills, and his siblings, the children still hold hope that mother will be home soon. And then, Nobody Knows hits you like a truck and goes right through you. Complete Abandonment. The smiles diminish and the childish affection for a mother that will never return is gone. Gone to play mother to another family, it is now entirely up to Akira, with money running out.

Koreeda's direction of the children is exceptional, as if the film was shot entirely candid. The camera-work is sincere, as if we were one of the children stuck in that apartment. There are no gimmicks here, no slide of hand, or post-production miracles. Nobody Knows is raw, and thrives in Koreeda's ability to capture the distinct personalities of all four siblings, their hopes, and those secretive moments where Koreeda directs the children not for the stories sake, but for the sake of the children being children.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Nobody Knows is the performances of the four children. All four children, who conjured phenomenal performances, were played by Japanese youths with no film backgrounds. After you see the film, it is likely that Koreeda preferred it this way, tapping into the honesty and energy that such youth had to offer. Their performances are so sincere and beautiful that on several occasions the tears will start to fall, the goose bumps will rise, and your heart will undoubtedly cry out to rescue these children, to grab them in your arms and set them free.

Without giving too much away, one of the most touching scenes to me, is on Yuki's birthday, the only thing she wants is to be able to go outside for a walk with her big brother Akira. So when the night comes, she puts on her little bear slippers, an ear to ear smile on her face, and with her hand in her brothers hand, they set her heart free for if not only a night.

Nobody Knows is a film that I will never let go of. This film impacted me so much and I found it so absolutely remarkable, that it hasn't left my mind since it's viewing. I almost feel that recommending this film just isn't enough, and all I can say is that I hope everyone gets the chance to enjoy this film for all that it is worth. As sure as it is to invoke emotion, it is as sure to please as a piece of cinema.


24 of 28 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:
?