• 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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  • Rodney Sedgwick

    ★★★★★ Watched by Rodney 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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  • MrTaylor

    ★★★★½ Added by MrTaylor 2

    Hirokazu Koreeda will stop your heart and remember to break it - not by manufacturing fictitious drama but by opening your eyes to a real tragedy case. When a mother abandons her four children in a small apartment to seek out male companionship, she leaves her oldest son in charge of meals, electric and water bills and the overall well being of the household siblings. You can't make these true stories up, you just can't.

    As innocence is lost, the…

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  • Bob Hovey

    ★★★★ Watched by Bob Hovey 12 Jun, 2014

    Beautiful but heart-wrenching film, loosely based on a true story of an irresponsible mother who abandons her four children to fend for themselves. Beautiful because of the way it's made... the kids are portrayed with quiet dignity and closeup vignettes of their lives ... a tiny bit of crayon, a few coins on the table, a plant on the balcony. a small toy. In that respect it reminds me a bit of Scent of Green Papaya, but it's a bit…

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  • minnie melts

    ★★★★ Added by minnie melts

    Realistic, sad, and dark. Kids who are still clueless-to-the-world and need of protection, left irresponsibly by their bitch-ass mother (oh, how i want to slap her in the face), and the eldest one, tries his best to be as responsible as he could, even though he's still has a childish side that can't be hold back, which is fully understandable cos he's just a 12 yr old boy. Geez, this movie squeezed my heart in a gloomy way. Knowing this is based on true story makes me feel more stomachache.

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  • Mark

    ★★★★★ Watched by Mark 15 Mar, 2014 1

    Nobody Knows tells the tale of four children (aged from 12 to 5) who are left to look after themselves when their mother abandons them. The film is based on a real life incident which took place in Tokyo in 1988.

    Director Kore-eda shoots the film in a very naturalistic, almost documentary style. Despite the grim circumstances of the story the film captures well the beauty and wonder of children at play and shows the strong bond between the siblings…

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  • Sreedevi Baburaj

    ★★★★½ Watched by Sreedevi Baburaj 09 May, 2014

    it did hurt me :(

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  • Joey

    ★★★★ Watched by Joey 28 Apr, 2014

    A really fantastic but bleak movie. It will ruin your day but I loved it. Reminded me a lot of Grave of the Fireflies, just in a different setting.

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  • Nicolas Meise

    ★★★★½ Added by Nicolas Meise

    Fucking heart-wrenching. A particular sequence in this movie makes my whole body shiver with sadness.

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