• Nobody Knows (2004)

Nobody Knows

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2005

PG-13 |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

Preteen Akira Fukushima (Yûya Yagira) and his young siblings have been abandoned by their mother, Keiko (You). Keiko, who has moved in with a new lover, has left Akira in charge of his brother, two sisters and a whole apartment, with little money and food to see them through. Akira and the other children, who were never enrolled in school, struggle to survive without basic amenities as they cope with a strange, solitary existence in a Tokyo apartment building.

Cast: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu, Hanae Kan, You , Susumu Terajima, Takoko Take

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Engine Film Inc., Bandai Visual Co. Ltd., Cine Qua Non Films

Keywords: Mother, Sister, Touching, 1980s, Friend, Love, Brother, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Apart from a singer named You who plays Keiko, the members of the cast are non-professionals. You may find that hard to believe when you see this astonishing film, as I hope you will.

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Nobody Knows, by the often excellent Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, is one of those special movies that can give us a new way of seeing. show more

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's a quietly powerful work, pulsing with gentle humor and a gripping sense of imminent calamity and dread. show more

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