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Nobody to Watch Over Me (2008)

Dare mo mamotte kurenai (original title)
Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old girl forced into police protection to escape from the journalistic hordes after her ... See full summary »


Ryôichi Kimizuka


Ryôichi Kimizuka (screenplay), Satoshi Suzuki (screenplay)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôichi Satô ... Takumi Katsuura
Mirai Shida ... Saori Funamura
Ryûhei Matsuda ... Shogo Mishima
Yuriko Ishida ... Kumiko Honjo
Kuranosuke Sasaki ... Takaharu Umemoto
Shirô Sano ... Ichiro Sakamoto
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Koichi Inagaki
Yoshino Kimura ... Reiko Onoue
Toshirô Yanagiba Toshirô Yanagiba ... Keisuke Honjo
Takahiro Azuma Takahiro Azuma ... Atsushi Sayama
Hiroshi Ohkôchi Hiroshi Ohkôchi ... Editor-in-Chief
Kôji Satô Kôji Satô ... Reiji Funamura - Saori's Father
Satomi Nagano ... Sumie Funamura - Saori's Mother
Satoshi Tomiura Satoshi Tomiura ... Tatsuro Sonobe
Kei Sunaga Kei Sunaga ... Inspector Shigeru Yamamoto


Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old girl forced into police protection to escape from the journalistic hordes after her brother is arrested for murder. It plays out like a propulsive edge-of-your-seat thriller that's sure to leave you breathless. Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Release Date:

24 January 2009 (Japan) See more »

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Japan's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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A good thriller
28 May 2010 | by hhnd_2002See all my reviews

This movie is a good thriller and will keep you on the edge of your seat. As mentioned in the synopsis, it's about a girl whose brother supposedly committed a crime, and how society reacts to this. Well, it might have to do with background, as I come from similar background to that of people in the story, I felt like most things from the movie were pretty standard - the saving face, media cruelty, unbelievable public reaction, etc. Let's just say living in a society like Japan puts a lot of pressure on people, which consequently leads them to erratic behaviors. So it could just be my background, but for me the movie was a good thriller and nothing more. There were a few scenes that stayed, such as the one where the police and the girl sit side by side on the beach, or the last scene, but like most other thrillers, as soon as I watched it, not much remained.

For me, a *great* movie has to be a movie that will resonate through the test of time; this movie unfortunately is not. It illustrates current events and will only make an impact at this time. 50 years from now, people watching it might not be able to relate to it at all. For this matter, I consider the movie "good" and not "great".

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