GREEN CINE Already a member? login
 Your cart
Advanced Search
- Genres
+ Action
+ Adult
+ Adventure
+ Animation
+ Anime
+ Classics
+ Comedies
+ Comic Books
+ Crime
  Criterion Collection
+ Cult
+ Documentary
+ Drama
+ Erotica
+ Espionage
+ Fantasy
+ Film Noir
+ Foreign
+ Gay & Lesbian
  HD (High Def)
+ Horror
+ Independent
+ Kids
+ Martial Arts
+ Music
+ Musicals
+ Quest
+ Science Fiction
+ Silent
+ Sports
+ Suspense/Thriller
  Sword & Sandal
+ Television
+ War
+ Westerns

Nobody Knows (2004)

Cast: Yuya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, more...
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
    see all cast/crew...
Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Japan
Running Time: 140 min.
    see additional details...

Recently Rented By themark

Hirokazu Kore-eda, who wrote and directed the international success After Life, returns with this story about a family dealing with an unusual dilemma in an unusual manner. Keiko (You) is a single mother who moves with her 12-year-old son, Akira (Yuya Yagira), into a small flat in a large city; however, what the building management doesn't know is that Keiko also has three other children, all fathered by different men: ten-year-old Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), seven-year-old Shigeru (Hiei Kimura), and four-year-old Yuki (Momoko Shimizu). One day, Akira finds a note from his mother, saying that she'll be away for a while and that he's in charge while she's gone; the message is accompanied by an envelope full of money. Akira takes this news in stride, since it isn't the first time this has happened; he sees to it that the bills are paid, Kyoko takes care of the housework, and the youngest kids look after one another. But days stretch into weeks and it becomes clear that Keiko may not be coming back for a while. At first, the children try to keep up appearances as if their mother was still around, but as time goes on and money gets low, things become increasingly chaotic, and Akira starts running out of ways to dodge the landlord and keep their problem a secret. Daremo Shiranai was inspired by actual events known in Japan as The Affair of the Four Abandoned Children of Nishi-Sugamo, though Kore-eda's version differs considerably from what occurred in real life. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Dear lord I cried like a little (Japanese) girl. by dropjohnson February 24, 2006 - 11:29 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If you have patience (believe me you'll need some) and a penchant for deliberate movies about very human characters, then rent Nobody Knows. It is easily one of the best movies to hit American theaters in 2005. Kore-eda does some amazing with what at least appears to be entirely available light photography and gets four of the most realistic and startling perfomances from child actors I have ever seen (the oldest boy won best actor at the 2004 Cannes film festival). I'm still crying and it's been three full days since I watched it...

On Their Own by talltale September 16, 2005 - 1:38 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Based upon a real-life story supposedly much graver and uglier than what writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda ("After Life") has filmed, NOBODY KNOWS unfolds the tale of four children left alone much of the time by their mother and finally abandoned altogether. The eldest of these (a quiet, rich, award-winning performance by youngster Yuya Yagira) does his best--which is quite impressive-- to hold the family together using his 12-year-old skills. How he manages it is the most interesting thing about the movie, which is long and sad, even though it sparkles and lifts off from time to time.

You would not expect a TV-level movie-of-the-week from this director, and indeed you get more than that. But some of the sentimentality inevitable in a tale like this does occasionally surface in the storytelling and music. But it is countered by other artful things (the long shot of the elevated train disappearing in the city is one of these), and overall you can't fault much that's here. Children are so vulnerable and can fall between the cracks of society more easily than we think--in America, just as in Japan, and probably everywhere else.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.63)
103 Votes
add to list New List

Is this that British humor?
No, actually it's mostly Japanese film.
Cannes Film Festival & More - 2004
Official Selection, Certain Regards... and more. Here is a bit more information on the films screened at the Cannes. I have attempted to list all the films that were considered for an award as well as any special screenings.

see all lists

about greencine · donations · refer a friend · support · help · genres
contact us · press room · privacy policy · terms · sitemap · affiliates · advertise

Copyright © 2005 GreenCine LLC. All rights reserved.
© 2006 All Media Guide, LLC. Portions of content provided by All Movie Guide®, a trademark of All Media Guide, LLC.