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

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  21 October 2004 (Hong Kong)
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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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

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21 October 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$683,575 (USA) (24 June 2005)
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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 »

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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

Keiko, the mother: Now that we've moved into a new home, I'm gonna explain the rules to you, one more time. Let's promise to keep 'em, okay?
Yuki: Okay. How many are there?
Keiko, the mother: Okay, first of all: No loud voices or screaming. Can you do that?
Yuki: I can.
Keiko, the mother: Okay, next: No going outside.
Yuki: Okay.
Keiko, the mother: Can you do that? No even out on the veranda.
Yuki: Okay, Mommy.
Keiko, the mother: "Okay, Mommy." Can you keep that promise?
Yuki: Sure!
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a film with immense humanity
27 March 2005 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

It has been a while since I saw a film with this much humanity. That is, until I saw acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's latest, Nobody Knows, about a quartet of siblings left to fend for themselves.

It's heartbreaking, just thinking about some of these random moments subtly displayed on screen. The look on an adolescent girl's face when her mom paints her nails. A little boy making silly faces in the mirror. A little girl's scribbling of stick people on a gas bill that has been months overdue... I can go on.

I wish I can put into words, or convey in some sort of way, the flowing of rampant emotions experienced when I saw these images: about how much it hit so close to home, how much it reminded me of my own family. But I can't. I guess it simply cannot be articulated in such a concise, simplified manner.

You'll just have to see it for yourself.


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