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Nobody Knows -- A drama about siblings who are forced to rely solely on each other when they are left alone by their loving, yet immature mother. This film was the official Japanese entry for the 2004 Academy Awards. From IFC Films.
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Release Date:
21 October 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
13 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
A beautiful movie, one of the best in 2004... See more (97 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hirokazu Koreeda 

Produced by
Hirokazu Koreeda .... producer
Satoshi Kôno .... associate producer
Yutaka Shigenobu .... executive producer
Hijiri Taguchi .... line producer
Toshiro Uratani .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Gontiti 
 
Cinematography by
Yutaka Yamazaki 
 
Film Editing by
Hirokazu Koreeda 
 
Casting by
Yoshiko Arae 
 
Production Design by
Toshihiro Isomi 
Keiko Mitsumatsu 
 
Makeup Department
Miwako Kobayashi .... makeup artist
Mutsuki Sakai .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Eitarô Kobayashi .... assistant production manager
Bong-ou Lee .... assistant production manager
Yasushi Minatoya .... unit production manager
Osamu Shiraishi .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masatada Hirabayashi .... assistant director
Kiichi Kumagai .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ayu Hasuike .... props
Kôichi Horiuchi .... assistant art director
Takehiro Ishitani .... props
Masatoshi Katô .... props
Ayako Matsuo .... props
Akio Saito .... props
Emiko Tsuyuki .... props
 
Sound Department
Masaki Ikeda .... boom operator
Tetsuya Kaida .... boom operator
Osamu Matsumoto .... boom operator
Shuji Ohtake .... assistant sound
Akihiko Okase .... sound effects editor
Yoshiteru Takahashi .... sound editor
Kazuhiko Tomita .... boom operator
Yutaka Tsurumaki .... sound
Kazuharu Urata .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Shô Rizawa .... opticals
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Saiko Hashimoto .... assistant photographer
Gen Hirai .... camera operator
Yoshihiro Ikeuchi .... assistant photographer
Rinko Kawauchi .... still photographer
Takayuki Matsui .... photographer
Isao Nozaki .... camera operator
Yuzuru Sato .... gaffer
Toshio Suzuki .... camera operator
Yoshihisa Toda .... assistant camera
Yoshihisa Toda .... assistant photographer
 
Editorial Department
Reiko Kikuike .... negative cutter
Masayuki Mitsuhashi .... colour timing
Yukiko Okabe .... negative cutter
Yôko Satô .... negative cutter
Yoshiko Tsujii .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Titi Matsumura .... musician
Gonzalez Mikami .... musician
 
Other crew
Kaoru Kasai .... publicity design
Manami Kishira .... publicity design
Fumi Miyazaki .... publicity design
Atsushi Naito .... legal service
Asako Nishikawa .... stage manager
Yoshiko Sakazaki .... stage manager
Shiho Sato .... advertising
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dare mo shiranai" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sexual references
Runtime:
141 min | Argentina:141 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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.
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Movie Connections:
References Sonic the Hedgehog (1991/I) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
HousekiSee more »

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59 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful movie, one of the best in 2004..., 3 January 2005
Author: catherine_lee_green from Tunisia

This film is beautiful in its simplicity...it is at times sweet, warm, funny and always heartbreaking...it is essentially about four children surviving on their own after their mother leaves them in search of her own happiness....

The show seemingly lacks any action or any exciting moments, but i was totally absorbed during the two plus hours of the film...this is largely because of the superb performances of the adorable children, who were all really natural and likable. You just feel for them and wonder at the callousness of their mother and respective fathers. The dialogue is simple yet meaningful and through the day-to-day unraveling of the plot, one sees the contrast between the courage, maturity and innocence of children, and the selfishness and childishness of adults. The realist, documentary style of filming allows viewers to see things from the eye of the children...

a great film that will make u feel rather depressed at the end of it...not for those who do not like slowly-paced films with not much action.

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