A tender and heartbreaking portrayal of neglect and survival. The way Koreeda once again captures emotions and relationships with such grace and elegance is simply breathtaking. Sometimes hands and feet can tell us so much more than faces, and the small details can be more effective in telling a story than grand gestures. One of the best filmmakers out there today.
your heart will break
Week 7 of Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16: Midnight Eye Week
In an interview with The Guardian at Cannes earlier this year, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda laughed off the comparisons with Yasujirō Ozu that have been made when describing his work. Instead of taking the lead from one of Japan's most influential filmmakers, he claimed that in terms of storytelling he saw British social realist director Ken Loach as an inspiration and kindred spirit. Nobody Knows is the first film from…
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.