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Nobody Knows (2004)

Dare mo shiranai (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 21 October 2004 (Hong Kong)
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In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

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Hirokazu Koreeda
13 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Yûya Yagira ... Akira Fukushima
Ayu Kitaura Ayu Kitaura ... Kyoko
Hiei Kimura Hiei Kimura ... Shigeru
Momoko Shimizu Momoko Shimizu ... Yuki
Hanae Kan Hanae Kan ... Saki
You You ... Keiko, the mother
Kazuyoshi Kushida Kazuyoshi Kushida ... Yoshinaga, The Landlord
Yukiko Okamoto Yukiko Okamoto ... Eriko Yoshinaga
Sei Hiraizumi Sei Hiraizumi ... Mini-market Manager
Ryo Kase ... Mini-market Employee (as Ryô Kase)
Takako Tate Takako Tate ... Mini-market teller
Yûichi Kimura Yûichi Kimura ... Sugihara (Taxi Driver)
Ken'ichi Endô ... Pachinko Parlor Employee
Susumu Terajima Susumu Terajima ... Baseball coach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shinichi Hashizawa Shinichi Hashizawa
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Storyline

In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima and his siblings Shigeru and Yuki. Kyoko, another sibling arrives later by train. The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money runs out, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rent. Written by Claudio Carvalho

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 October 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Nobody Knows See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,393, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$684,118

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,288,093
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Hirokazu Koreeda wrote the first draft of the screenplay fifteen years before the film was actually made. At that point it was titled "Wonderful Sunday" and unfolded from Akira's subjective point of view, ending with a fantasy sequence in which the entire family (the children, the mother and the various fathers) are reunited for a Sunday outing. See more »

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When Akira buys the stack of chocolates for Yuki near the end of the movie, he buys 19 boxes and the total comes to 1,895 yen. As there was no sales tax at the time Japan, each box would have to be priced at 99.74 yen - which is essentially impossible. See more »

Quotes

Keiko, the mother: Now that we've moved into a new home, I'm gonna explain the rules to you, one more time. Let's promise to keep 'em, okay?
Yuki: Okay. How many are there?
Keiko, the mother: Okay, first of all: No loud voices or screaming. Can you do that?
Yuki: I can.
Keiko, the mother: Okay, next: No going outside.
Yuki: Okay.
Keiko, the mother: Can you do that? No even out on the veranda.
Yuki: Okay, Mommy.
Keiko, the mother: "Okay, Mommy." Can you keep that promise?
Yuki: Sure!
[...]
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Remade as Nobody Knows See more »

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Houseki
Sung by Takako Tate
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Fight for Survival
18 December 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko (You) moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima (Yûya Yagira) and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), Shigeru (Hiei Kimura) and Yuki (Momoko Shimizu). The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money finishes, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rental.

"Dare mo Shiranai" is a sensitive movie based on a true and very sad story. The performances of the children are amazing, highlighting the look of Yûya Yagira, and the drama is developed in a slow, but suitable pace. The direction is effective and the music score is absolutely adequate to the film. However, living in Rio de Janeiro, where we see homeless children begging on the streets everywhere, the terrible situation of Akira and his siblings does not impress the way it certainly does in First World countries. The abandoned children of the film have an apartment to live and food to eat, what does not happen in Third World countries, where famine children live on the streets in a sadder and unacceptable reality. The open conclusion is a little disappointing, since it does not bring any message of hope or lack of hope to the poor children. It seems that life goes on only. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ninguém Pode Saber" ("Nobody Can Know")


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