Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

Yuya Yagira
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cast: Yuya Yagira
Yuya Yagira
, Ayu Kitaura
Ayu Kitaura
, Hiei Kimura
Hiei Kimura
Hirokazu Kore-eda

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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 Kieko may not be coming back for a while. At first, the children try to keep up appearances as if their mother were still around, but as time goes on and money gets low, things become increasingly chaotic, and Keiko 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
UPC: 0027616928931
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround]
Time: 2:19:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yuya Yagira Akira
Ayu Kitaura Kyoko
Hiei Kimura Shigeru
Momoko Shimizu Yuki
Hanae Kan Saki
You Fukushima, Keiko
Yagira Yuya Actor
Kitaura Ayu Actor
Kimura Hiei Actor
Shimizu Momoko Actor
Kan Hanae Actor

Technical Credits
Hirokazu Kore-eda Director
Gontiti Score Composer
Toshihiro Isomi Art Director
Kawashiro Kazumi Executive Producer
Mitsumatsu Keiko Production Designer
Kumagai Kiichi Asst. Director
Kiichi Kumagai Asst. Director
Keiko Mitsumatsu Art Director
Shiraishi Osamu Production Manager
Kohno Satoshi Associate Producer
Yutaka Shigenobu Executive Producer
Tate Takako Songwriter
Uratani Toshiro Associate Producer
Yukata Tsurumaki Sound/Sound Designer
Yutaka Yamazaki Cinematographer
Arae Yoshiko Casting
Shigenobu Yutaka Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Nobody Knows
1. Main Title/New Home [9:31]
2. Hiding [8:08]
3. Math Lesson [8:32]
4. Abandoned [9:04]
5. Seeking Help [8:05]
6. Home Again, Gone Again [10:06]
7. Happy New Year [8:43]
8. Birthday Girl [9:12]
9. Breaking the Rules [8:07]
10. Outside! [9:22]
11. Seeds to Grow [8:13]
12. Facing Facts [8:55]
13. Downhill [9:24]
14. Dream/Nightmare [8:10]
15. To See the Planes [9:12]
16. Going On/End Credits [8:12]

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Nobody Knows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Dare mo shiranai' (NOBODY KNOWS) is a gleaming little film by writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda that offers a version of a true story so simply and eloquently that by the end of the film the audience is powerfully moved - without gimmicks, without imitation emotional devices, without major stars. It just simply works. Though the film is long at 2 1/2 hours the journey is well worth it and indeed the prolonged length seems necessary to convey the plight of these touching children's plight. The film opens (during the titles) on public transportation where a youthful mother Keiko (the pop star You) and her young son Akira (Yûya Yagira) sit guarding an ugly pink suitcase and other bags. Keira and Keiko have rented a poor little apartment promising the landlord that Keiko will make no noise. Once inside their new home the ugly bags are open and two additional children emerge and a trip to the bus station adds yet a third child! Thus, 'unknown' to the landlord, the apartment contains a family of five! Soon Keiko leaves on a trip to 'make money', leaving some cash with Akira who is placed in charge of his brother and sisters. Of course, Keiko doesn't return except for one brief visit months later, and leaving the children to fend for themselves. Akira manages to make friends outside, gaining food and money for good deeds and good will, keeping his little 'family' afloat. Gradually Akira realizes that Keiko will never return and through his friendship with a young girl still manages to eek out an existence: the manner in which he keeps his family happy is food for the soul! But despite his constant good intentions to maintain a life for his family, one of his sisters dies and he and his girl friend bury her where she can 'watch the airplanes'. And life goes on. There is no ending depicted, just continuum. With the subtlest technique Koreeda creates a story so real that it pulsates. The child actors (especially Yûya Yagira) are so natural and fine that they grab our hearts tenaciously. The only music in this film is a few notes form a toy piano and quiet harp music that enhances the feeling of isolation of the children. This is a film of rare beauty, one that could have been edited a bit, but even that criticism is overshadowed by the impact of Hirokazu Koreeda's overall achievement. Very Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
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