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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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21 October 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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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
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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Also Known As:
"Dare mo shiranai" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sexual references
141 min | Argentina:141 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Saki:You washed ya hair?
Akira Fukushima:Yesterday, at the park.
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28 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Nasal Whisper, 12 March 2005
Author: frankgaipa from Oakland, California

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.

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