A really soothing, slow film. There are some heart-breaking scenes throughout the movie that make you want to punch their mother right in the face, though...
Gloomy without being pessimistic and quietly beautiful. Probably some of the greatest child actor performances put on screen.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda’s ‘Nobody Knows’ is a contemporary drama involving a mothers struggle to cope with life with her children.
The mother, Keiko, has little money and crams everyone into the tiny apartment. Akira (Yua Yagira) is the oldest child of about 12 years old, who is the only visible child to the outside world. He runs all the errands and keeps his three younger siblings fed whilst his mother works. The three children never leave the apartment, none…
A devastating story told with great naturalness and compassion, and with an emphasis on small details that speak volumes. The soothing music is an ironic counterpoint to the upsetting story unfolding onscreen. It's also notable that no characters ever yell at each other or even raise their voices. The film falters down the stretch and begins to feel a bit long, but it's still well worth your time.
At the beginning of this Japanese drama there was a note that said (even though the story was based on the 1988 event known as the "Affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo") that all the characters were fictional. I am not sure if that was there just for legal reasons or it was fctual, because the director Hirokazu Koreeda with the help of the stars Yūya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, created such a believable realistic movie, that…
Nobody knows when will my heart recover after watching this bleak, morose and poignant coming of age that is as scary as reality. Yuya Yagira conveyed so much innocence and maturity that he basically anchored this Japanese melodrama and bought it into several heights.
Dare mo shiranai (2004)
Wrote this piece for Wonders in the Dark's Childhood Countdown
While based on an impactful true story that happened in Japan during the twilight years of the 1980’s, the film quickly comes forward and presents itself as based on those events but entirely fictionalizing what was already an unbelievable, and much more grimmer story. A family arrives to an apartment complex: a mother and his 12-year old son arrive to present themselves to the tenants,…
Kids need an adult to take care of them and this film takes true events of a family of kids left by there mother to look after themselves in Japan. The eldest brother does pretty much everything for them but in the end is this acceptable?, no it's sad and feels immensely real and the amount of personality the lead kid actor has is amazing. For some reason it didn't quite come across as a 5/5 but it's surely great and essential.
Going in with some background of this story and the case that inspired it, I was really dreading this film. Not because I thought it would be a dreadful experience, I had a feeling I would love it anyway, but because I have an aversion to the suffering of children. And watching a film where a mother practically abandons her four children to live on their own with little money or assistance doesn't really have me rushing to pop in…
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…