• Chris Stanton

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Chris Stanton 29 Aug, 2015

    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.


  • Panta Oz

    ★★★★½ Watched by Panta Oz 20 Aug, 2015

    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…


  • HsiangYu Hsieh

    ★★★★½ Watched by HsiangYu Hsieh 17 Aug, 2015





  • Kayo Jolongbayan

    ★★★★★ Added by Kayo Jolongbayan

    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.


  • Jaime Grijalba

    ★★★★½ Added by Jaime Grijalba

    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,…


  • Steve Moyle

    ★★★★½ Added by Steve Moyle

    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.


  • Zach

    ★★★★½ Watched by Zach 01 Jul, 2015

    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…


  • 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…


  • 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.


  • 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…


  • garykaill

    ★★★★ Watched by garykaill 21 Sep, 2014



  • 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…