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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.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda
13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Yûya Yagira ... Akira Fukushima
Ayu Kitaura Ayu Kitaura ... Kyoko
Hiei Kimura Hiei Kimura ... Shigeru
Momoko Shimizu Momoko Shimizu ... Yuki
Hanae Kan Hanae Kan ... Saki
You ... Keiko, the mother
Kazuyoshi Kushida Kazuyoshi Kushida ... Yoshinaga, The Landlord
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Eriko Yoshinaga
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Mini-market Manager
Ryô Kase ... Mini-market Employee
Takako Tate Takako Tate ... Mini-market teller
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Sugihara (Taxi Driver)
Ken'ichi Endô ... Pachinko Parlor Employee
Susumu Terajima ... Baseball coach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinichi Hashizawa 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 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 runs out, 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 rent. Written by Claudio Carvalho

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The director Hirokazu Koreeda held extensive auditions to cast the four children, and the actors were all nonprofessionals. Also, during the casting, a little girl came in with noisy sandals. The director liked it so much that he brought it over to Yuki's character when searching for her mother. He also did not give the children detailed explanations of their roles, because he wanted them to be natural. See more »

Goofs

When the mother returns home late one evening with sushi, she gets a glass of water from her daughter and drinks it nearly empty. After a brief intermediate shot, she is holding the glass again but now it's more than half full. See more »

Quotes

Pachinko Parlor Employee: Shit. I'm 10 yen short. Lend me 10 yen.
Akira Fukushima: Ten yen?
Pachinko Parlor Employee: No big deal, huh? Lend me. What the hell is with that big wallet? What the hell is this?
Akira Fukushima: It's a hand-me-down from Mom.
Pachinko Parlor Employee: From who?
Akira Fukushima: From Mom.
Pachinko Parlor Employee: You moved, right? Roomy, huh? Any pubic hair comin', yet?
Akira Fukushima: No...
Pachinko Parlor Employee: Bullshit. I got mine in fifth grade.
Akira Fukushima: No way.
[...]
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Connections

References Sonic the Hedgehog (1991) See more »

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Houseki
Sung by Takako Tate
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I have never seen better performances. Must see
20 September 2006 | by JordiulySee all my reviews

"Nobody knows" demonstrates the hardness and crudity of life. The film is as simple as disturbing; it leaves you dumbstruck with every scene. You shudder remembering that the film is based on real facts. "Nobody knows" shows the life of four siblings abandoned by their parents, and how the older one (who is only 12 years old) tries to take care of his brothers. Nobody knows why those children have to confront a wicked thing which they doesn't deserve; this wicked thing was already part of their lives when they were born. Even so, since the first minute, the film irradiates optimism: before their mother abandon them, the family seems a poor family but so happy in spite of; even the difficulties that the siblings have to go on, it seems that they will survive (it is as if there is not enough wickedness to hinder the passing of life). The movie is strongly reinforced by the actors' performances (really striking and outstanding), it is as if a hidden camera was filming their lives without they noticing it. The boy who play Akira won the Best Performance by an Actor award in the Cannes Festival, but the truth is that the four children deserve the award.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 October 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobody Knows See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,393, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$684,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,288,093
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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