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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 & 9 nominations See more »
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(49 articles)
Busan Film Review: ‘Again’
 (From Variety - Film News. 7 October 2013, 1:24 AM, PDT)

DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'
 (From The Playlist. 29 August 2013, 5:22 PM, PDT)

DVD Review: 'I Wish'
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Fight for Survival See more (93 total) »

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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
Akihiko Okase .... sound effects editor
Shûji Ootake .... assistant sound
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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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:
Kyoko:Guess Yuki grew.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
HousekiSee more »

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Fight for Survival, 18 December 2007
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko (You) moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima (Yûya Yagira) and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), Shigeru (Hiei Kimura) and Yuki (Momoko Shimizu). 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.

"Dare mo Shiranai" is a sensitive movie based on a true and very sad story. The performances of the children are amazing, highlighting the look of Yûya Yagira, and the drama is developed in a slow, but suitable pace. The direction is effective and the music score is absolutely adequate to the film. However, living in Rio de Janeiro, where we see homeless children begging on the streets everywhere, the terrible situation of Akira and his siblings does not impress the way it certainly does in First World countries. The abandoned children of the film have an apartment to live and food to eat, what does not happen in Third World countries, where famine children live on the streets in a sadder and unacceptable reality. The open conclusion is a little disappointing, since it does not bring any message of hope or lack of hope to the poor children. It seems that life goes on only. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ninguém Pode Saber" ("Nobody Can Know")

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