• CrossBits

    ★★★½ Watched by CrossBits 27 Jun, 2015

    Finally got to this one. I remember in ’03 or ’04 hearing people raving about it; many of them not spoiling what made it so great. Might be why it took me a while to watch it, as I hadn’t been told in a concrete way why it was something to remember. All I had to go on for the last ten years is that it was about a group of Japanese children who are abandoned by their mother and…

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  • Phil Newton

    ★★★½ Watched by Phil Newton 25 May, 2015

    A single mother secretly moves her four children into a cramped Tokyo apartment, desperate to keep her family together. However her absences become more frequent and it's left to 12 year old Akira (Yûya Yagira) to look after his siblings. Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Nobody Knows takes its inspiration from true events to create a moving portrait of group of kids struggling to get by in the most challenging of circumstances. Kore-eda is a master of coaxing honest performances from young actors, and the result is another engrossing and deeply affecting movie.

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  • Thomas Pollock

    ★★★★ Watched by Thomas Pollock 12 May, 2015

    Asian Film Marathon 11#
    Hirokazu Koreeda has had a splendid career so far. Nobody Knows just might be his most bleak and hard-hitting. Inspired by the true events of a mother who abandoned her 4 children (the eldest only being 12), the film tells a tragic story from a child's perspective.

    The film really is unflinching as it follows the children, and it amazes you to think this actually happened. The young boy Akira, being the eldest does what he…

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  • garykaill

    ★★★★ Watched by garykaill 21 Sep, 2014

    Excellent

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  • theresapham27

    ★★★★ Rewatched by theresapham27 11 May, 2015

    Close to a 4.5. This film is depressing, however for me and I'm sure many others, it's worth a watch. What haunted me most about the movie was how realistic everything was, the relationships built and broken felt almost like ones I had experienced, the shops and the parks all felt like places I'd been before. The sweet, child-like soundtrack and the extended shots of little, beautiful details like the protagonist tying his sisters shoelace, contrasted with the dark and…

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  • Marcela

    ★★★½ Watched by Marcela 08 Apr, 2015

    Another movie seen in my "childhood and cinema" course (the first one being Central Station) because that's really the only thing making me watch serious films right now. Yep, this was pretty sad. The basic premise is kind of, sort of Flowers in the Attic minus the wackiness and incest. Somehow I've managed to hate the mom in this film even more than I hated the one in Flowers in the Attic, even though this one wasn't actively trying to…

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  • Matheus Velloso

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Matheus Velloso 04 Apr, 2015

    The saddest movie I've ever watched...

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  • theleopard

    ★★½ Watched by theleopard 03 Apr, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's a shame that this film didn't fulfill the potential it's shown in the first hour. It's way too long! It badly needed a second edit! I only stuck around because of the performance by the leading child actor, Yūya Yagira.

    Nobody knows is the story of a mom who abandons her four children who now have to fend for themselves.

    Too bad the director approached the story in a whimsical way. The movie is an assembly of long days…

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  • Kevin!

    ★★★★½ Watched by Kevin! 14 Mar, 2015

    This exceptional and authentic film is the kind that I'd like to have others watch; a film that I wish I could go on a public campaign in order to promote. And it offers a good example of how great art can never be diminished by the label "depressing" sad though it may be.

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  • Reesiepie

    ★★★★ Watched by Reesiepie 14 Mar, 2015

    Sad, sad, sad.

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  • Ahad

    ★★★★ Watched by Ahad 09 Mar, 2015

    this film broke my fucking heart.

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  • Danny Webster

    ★★★★ Watched by Danny Webster 04 Mar, 2015

    Director Project

    Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (Second Film)

    Nobody Knows is a film based on true events; true events which are far more heartbreaking and disturbing than anything that happens here, but this film is every bit as heartbreaking because Koreeda presents it in a way that makes it all seem okay: as if they're getting by but slowly, and subtly the lights start to go out, the water stops running and their money starts to clatter as notes become coins…

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