• Daniel Aaron Wolfe

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Aaron Wolfe 14 Dec, 2014

    An amazingly depressing 90 minute film that unfortunately runs 140 minutes instead.

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  • Gogo

    ★★★★½ Watched by Gogo 14 Dec, 2014 2

    Nobody Knows is an enigma in its morose, calm, blunt nature. Simplicity is above all the most powerful way to command an audience to have a certain perception of a designated reality.

    This is my first Hirokazu Koreeda film and I must say I'm impressed with his mastery of this simplicity I incessantly drone on and on about. Works like these remind me that Japanese films don't have to be excessive, extravagant, and ludicrous to be truly emotive and impassioned…

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  • vomitpuddle

    ★★★½ Watched by vomitpuddle 09 Dec, 2014

    sleepy film, like watching over the shoulder of your brother as he fixes something with a magic kind of expertness.

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  • MrJago

    ★★★★ Watched by MrJago 19 Nov, 2014

    FOR GODS SAKE WILL SOMEONE CALL SOCIAL SERVICES I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE :-(

    Very touching and I liked the unobtrusive cinematography but I did feel the runtime a tiny bit, I gotta say.

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  • Carl Fenn

    ★★★ Watched by Carl Fenn 19 Dec, 2012

    In a small Tokyo apartment, 12-year-old Akira (Yuya Yagira : Shock Labyrinth) must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and doesn't seem to be coming back.
    Despite the astonishing realism that Hirokazu manages to capture in this 140 minute documentary-esqu film about how four siblings would cope without their parents, he somehow neglects to create any emotional bond between the characters and the viewer.
    Neglecting to filter out unnecessary sequences between, what should be, heart-wrenching moments…

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  • Carlos

    ★★★★★ Added by Carlos

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  • Nick C

    ★★★★★ Added by Nick C

    Nobody Knows is an astonishing, powerful, and deeply moving film from Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. It is a film about childhood and abandonment and it explores these subjects matters beautifully. It is definitely a heavy film, so I would recommend mentally preparing for a somewhat dark story. The weight of the story may be too much for some viewers, but if you can handle the heaviness of it then you will have a cinematic experience that is clearly from a…

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  • Alex

    ★★★ Watched by Alex 24 Sep, 2014

    My journey through Hirokazu Koreeda's filmography brings me to Nobody Knows. A harrowing, mournful film about child abandonment; I found this one very hard to actually enjoy. There is good here, a lot of good, but the content is so depressing that I couldn't find the love for this film that I found in Still Walking. I'm not someone who needs happy endings with all end ties- No Country For Old Men being one of my favourite movies attesting to…

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  • Oti

    ★★★½ Watched by Oti 23 Aug, 2014 2

    El tema me ha resultado bastante interesante, el abandono de los hijos, la lucha por la unidad y supervivencia de los hermanos, pero la duración de la cinta, casi dos horas y media me ha parecido excesiva, le resta una mejora sobre el resultado final.


    The issue I have found it quite interesting, neglect of children, the struggle for the unity and survival of the brothers, but the length of the film, more than two hours seemed to me excessive, subtracts an improvement over the final result .

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  • Lance

    ★★★½ Watched by Lance 05 Aug, 2014

    Watching this film I was reminded a lot of Ian McEwan's book The Cement Garden. The book centred on a family of children who, when their mother (and only living parent) dies, opt to bury her in their cellar under a layer of cement and fend for themselves with the remainder of their her money. The story of Nobody Knows is comparable: a family of children are left to fend for themselves when their mother leaves them to get married.…

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  • Rod Sedgwick

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rod Sedgwick 05 Aug, 2014

    Yuki: ''No, I'm gonna meet mommy at the station.''
    Kyoko: ''She's not coming home today.''
    Yuki: ''I'm sure she's coming home today.''

    A fully realised vision of the resilience of children over the course of a year based on the 'Sugamo child-abandonment incident' from the late 1980's, in which a mother of four children to two different father's abandons them as she flits around like a sexual butterfly, sending them money intermittently to prove she 'cares'. Hirokazu Kore-eda proves once…

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  • chujus

    ★★★★½ Added by chujus

    Great characters and cinematography, this film delved into a great many themes from which it extracted a great many truths. The dead girl ending felt a bit tacked on, but was still masterfully executed, as was the rest of the film. Loved this.

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