NOBODY KNOWS

A Story of Abandoned Children

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Release Date: February 04, 2005

Starring: Yagira Yuya, Kitaura Ayu,
Kimura Hiei, Shimizu Momoko,
Kan Hanae, and YOU

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 141 minutes

Distributor: IFC Films

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Executive Producer: Shigenobu Yutaka

Producer: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Writer: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Address Comments To:

Joshua Sapan, President/CEO
IFC Films/IFC Entertainment
Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.
(Independent Movie Channel/IFC Films/Bravo Networks)
200 Jericho Quadrangle
Jericho, NY 11753
Phone: (516) 803-3000
Fax: (516) 803-4616
Website: www.ifctv.com

Content:

(B, L, V, S, N, D, M) Light moral worldview shows why children need adults to guide them and protect them; eight mostly light obscenities and one light profanity; implied accidental death and child’s dead body buried in suitcase; teenage girl goes off with adult man but tells her friend that man only paid her for singing karaoke with him; upper male nudity; no alcohol; smoking; and, mother abandons children, shoplifting and children hide from adults.

Summary:

NOBODY KNOWS is a disturbing tragedy from Japan about four abandoned children left by their mother to fend for themselves in the big city. There are many light moments in this slow-moving, overlong movie, but the ending is very sad and extremely depressing. The child actors are incredibly natural, however.

Review:

NOBODY KNOWS is a disturbing tragedy from Japan about four abandoned children left by their mother to fend for themselves in the big city. The children try to make do, and at times succeed well, but their dire situation eventually overwhelms them.

Fourteen-year-old actor Yuya Yagira gives an amazing performance as the children’s older brother, Akira, who is 12. He, his little brother and two sisters are determined to survive solely on their own wits and courage. As Akira explains to one of his friends, when their mother abandons them, they don’t want to go to the authorities, because the authorities will just split them up forever. That decision proves fatal, however, in a way that is reminiscent of Luis Bunuel’s unforgettable portrayal of Mexican slum children in the 1950s, LOS OLVIDADOS.

Inspired by a true story, NOBODY KNOWS moves slowly and is too long. It is often captivating, however, and funny, despite the children’s tragic circumstances. Led by Yuya, the child actors do an incredible job bringing their characters to life. As their situation becomes more dire, anger toward their irresponsible mother grows, to be replaced by extreme sympathy for the children. Even so, the ending to their story is very sad and depressing. Hopefully, it will inspire people not to completely split up siblings when they are abandoned or orphaned.

In Brief:

NOBODY KNOWS is a disturbing tragedy from Japan about four abandoned children left by their mother to fend for themselves. The children try to make do, and at times succeed well, but their dire situation eventually overwhelms them. Fourteen-year-old actor Yagira Yuya gives an amazing performance as the children’s older, 12-year-old brother, Akira. He, his little brother and two sisters are determined to survive solely on their own wits and courage. As Akira explains to one of his friends, when their mother abandons them, they don’t want to go to the authorities, because the authorities will split them up forever. That decision proves fatal, however, in a way that is reminiscent of Luis Bunuel’s unforgettable portrayal of Mexican slum children in the 1950s, LOS OLVIDADOS.

Inspired by a true story, NOBODY KNOWS moves slowly and is too long. It is often captivating, however, and funny, despite the children’s tragic circumstances. Led by Yagira, the child actors do an incredible job bringing their characters to life. Even so, the ending to their story is very depressing. Hopefully, it will inspire people not to completely split up siblings when they are abandoned or orphaned.