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Nobody Knows (2004)

Dare mo shiranai (original title)
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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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Hirokazu Koreeda
13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 You ... Keiko, the mother
Kazuyoshi Kushida Kazuyoshi Kushida ... Yoshinaga, The Landlord
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Eriko Yoshinaga
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Mini-market Manager
Ryo Kase ... Mini-market Employee (as Ryô Kase)
Takako Tate Takako Tate ... Mini-market teller
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Sugihara (Taxi Driver)
Ken'ichi Endô Ken'ichi Endô ... Pachinko Parlor Employee
Susumu Terajima 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 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 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, 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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$683,575, 26 June 2005
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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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Trivia

Director Hirokazu Koreeda said that during the long filming period, he tried to build a relationship of trust between himself and the children, and also amongst the children themselves. During the children's filming breaks, the children were asked to write in their own journal entries about what they were thinking, ranging from the film to their own everyday concerns. See more »

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In the long shot of the mother dusting out the comforter, she swings the carpet beater with her right hand. After the cut she makes a last beat with her left hand. 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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Children can not choose their parents
11 September 2004 | by shi612See all my reviews

"Children can not choose their parents" This was what came into my mind after I saw this movie.

This movie is based on actual incident happened in 1988. It was much more miserable than the movie. A woman was living with a man. She thought he had filed the marriage notification. When their son was born, the man said he had filed the birth notification. One day he left her to live with another woman. When the boy reached the primary school age, she knew neither the marriage notification nor the birth notification were filed. Facing this situation, she decided to hide her children from the society. (According to another source, the mother told the police that she thought the birth notification of a bastard child would not be accepted.)

She had met several men and had 5 children, two boys and three girls, who were not registered and hidden from other people. When the second boy died of sick, she hid the corps in the closet. While she works in a department store, the eldest son took care of three sisters. When the eldest son was 14, she went out to live with her new man, who was 16 years older than her. She gave the eldest son her address. When the children were protected by the police half a year later, a girl was dead, and the two were debilitated, as they were confined in a room and poorly fed. The girls were 3 and 2 y/o and still used diapers, but they were changed only once every day. It is reported that the eldest boy blamed himself for not being able to take good care of his sisters, instead of blaming his mother...

Compared to the real story, the movie is less miserable. In the movie, even the little boy and girl look normal and pretty, but in the real story they were very poorly developed. But it was still more than enough to surprise me. What a mother! In a conversation with the eldest boy, she says "May I not become happy?" She acts on this thought, without thinking of the same right about her children. Her childish lisping talk describes her immaturity. And of course, men were more guilty. Sadly, children can not choose their parents.

Every child acted amazingly well, very natural. Particularly, the eyes of the eldest boy, Akira, are very impressive. The eyes tell many things from their miserable life.


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