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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 Kyoko, Shigeru and Yuki. 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 finishes, 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 rental.
A heartbreaking tale of abandonment and survival, Nobody Knows takes a more extreme view on the mistreatment of children; but it's one that remains grounded in reality, showing how neglect can take away a childhood in an instant and replace it with experiences that no child should be subjected to.
Nobody Knows opens with the family in question moving into a new apartment. Only the mother and Akira, the protagonist, are known about by the other residents and only Akira is allowed outside. Even though the mother acts irresponsible, having had the four children via four different men and not allowing them to go to school, the family are content and happy as they are shown eating dinner and playing…
Damn you, Hirokazu Koreeda, for making this film. Now I won't be able to get these absolutely heartbreaking scenes out of my mind.
No... I'm not really «damning» the director. He's made a tremendous film. The way he handled the children is almost beyond comparison, I think its some of the best child performances I have ever seen. Koreeda also manages to show us the small moments of joy that children are able to experience even in the darkest of situations.
What really worries me is that a real-life incident in Tokyo inspired Koreeda to make this film. I guess reality is more cruel than fiction - few could have invented this story.
To make something so beautiful, so tender out of something so tragic and heartbreaking takes a real skill. Hirokazu Koreeda has perfected it.
Not since Elephant Man has a film had this much of an emotional effect on me, it actually made me feel quite sick in my stomach in the last half hour and in the last 15 minutes or so I realised I was holding my breath.
The young actors have left me gobsmacked at how flawlessly they performed, they say very little but their every action makes you empathise with them that little bit more. Akira's scenes when he remembered how to behave like a child again were particularly touching but when the sucker punch comes, the…
My heart is broken into a million little pieces. Nobody Knows is the saddest film I've ever seen. It's about how the worst mother in the world abandons the four children she attempts to hide from society. She decides to abandon them in order to get married to some random guy. The oldest of the four at age 12, named Akira, has to assume responsibility of his younger siblings and find a way to care for them despite their severe lack of resources and agency. He doesn't want to seek help from the authorities because he doesn't want them to be split up like they were at some…
Dead letters from underground in the developed urban jungle.
Nobody Knows for the first half functions as a loving ode to a certain family unit: the large single-parent family. Particularly those where the single mother is often absent, and the children have different fathers. This is a very special and important film for people who grew up in such a family unit, and they might connect with this very deeply.
But as Nobody Knows goes along, and the mother's absence starts to stretch to several months, finances crumble and the unit collapses as it starts to engage with the outside world. Nobody Knows goes from a tough childhood film into a Haneke-style horror film. During a certain tragic sequence late…
Hirokazu Koreeda, modern Japanese master, has made another great film and this time it's based on a true story which happened in Japan in 1988. It's a sad story about the life of four children, abandoned by their mother. It's not entirely hopeless even though it's very depressing, rough and sad. Koreeda tells this story quietly and gives us all the time we need to get to know the characters who are facing this difficult situation.
It's a story about growing up but at the same time it tells us how much children need their parents - children need to be children before they can grow up. Childhood is only small part of life so if that's wasted, life will…
As "Nobody Knows" opens, we watch a mother and two kids moving into a new apartment. They wrestle some heavy suitcases up the stairs. When the movers have left, they open the suitcases and release two younger children, who are a secret from the landlord. "Remember the new rules," the mother says. "No going outside. Not even on the veranda -- except for Kyoko, to do the laundry."
Kyoko is the second oldest. about 10. The oldest, a boy named Akira, is about 12. He regards his mother with guarded eyes. So do we. There is something too happy about her, as she acts like one of the kids. It is not the forced happiness of a person trying to…
Now that is a good film!
Uhmmmm... life. I love the soundtrack, the story, and the characters.
I expected this to be another beautiful family drama, as I loved Hirokazu Koreeda's Still Walking (2008) very much.. but this is not.. A powerful shocking drama on the life of four children after their mother leaving them to live on their own.. As the film goes on, it insanely shake us to see how their life turns out.. Very real and very hard one..
I don't even --- THESE KIDS ARE CRAZY INDEPENDENT.
Incredibly real. Kept trying to tell myself that it was all completely ridiculous as tears water-falled across my shattered visage.
Kids handling adult problems makes me silently scream NOT OK.
one of the most depressing movies I have ever watched
Based on a real-life 1988 incident in which four children were abandoned in a Tokyo apartment, Hirozaku Koreeda presents a less grim version of the story; shockingly, it isn't boring, and it isn't terrible. Happier but no less honest, it's altogether a very restrained, humanistic, sympathetic look at growing up. Koreeda's known for chipper, broad-based family dramas, but it's rare to see them so restrained, slow-moving, and delicately made.
Akira, Kyoko, Shigeru and Yuki are the four kids. Their mom, Keiko, is squawky and drifts in and out of their lives on a whim. She's in and out, and the kids survive and learn things and test the bonds of family and friendship without her. The filming is always unfailingly…
This movie is not for everyone. It's heart-breaking to the edge of despair, actually. At the same time, it's filmed with density, but with a calmness that adds up to the overall choking atmosphere. Beautiful but also scary. One of my favorites.
Starting to like this Kore-Eda fellow.
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