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Actors: YŻya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu, Hanae Kan
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Based on true events that shocked Japan, this story of abandoned siblings is a "harrowing, tender film" (The New York Times) that "unfolds with leisurely beauty" (LA Weekly). Filmed over a year and featuring a performance ... more »
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Paula G. from ODESSA, TX
Reviewed on 4/28/2013...
The movie is better than the reviews would make you think. An American director would take the story and stress the horror of the neglect, the dead baby as a trophey, etc. This Japanese movie is very understated and Asian. Even innocent.
It is in Japanese with American subtitles just like it says on the label.
Tina H. from FREMONT, IN
Reviewed on 1/19/2009...
I won't lie I totally got conned into this one! The title is in English and the review you read is in English so it sounds like a great movie until you get it and can't understand a word you hear and have to follow subtitles! So I guess if you are fluent in whatever the hell they were speaking its a great flick for ya!
1 of 12 member(s) found this review helpful.
Prepare for 2 and 1/2 hours
Rizzo | Denver, CO | 10/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The film is based on a true story in Japan, 1988 where a heartless mother abandoned her children in an apartment. In most cases where film depicts true life, the film story is more sensualized. But here, according to reports of the true incident, the real life "Affair of the Abandoned Children of Sugamo." is much more grim.
Nobody Knows, filmed in 2004, takes place in Japan where a young mother of four tells the children she is out of town working and leaves the children to fend for themselves, for months or forever. Initially, mother and eldest son rent an apartment, but she sneaks the other children into the apartment. The other three are never to go outside, nor attend school. She tramps around, then leaves.
From a Boy to a Man to a Boy to a Man
The pre-teen boy is suddenly thrust into manhood, as we see him dutifully budget the money left to him, paying rent, buying food. He is the man of the house, until temptations of childhood take over and as a young boy indulges on games and nonsense with friends. Then, as the money and friends go, he tries to earn money to support his siblings, the role of a man.
Although the movie is 2 1/2 hours long, the pace slow; it is necessary to depict the length of time these children are alone, fending for themselves. Some feel it could have been cut considerably. Dialogue is minimal and soundtrack low key. It won several awards.
What is depicted in the film does not ring true to "survival." We get the feeling that their life is not in too much despair. The children do not appear "neglected" and it doesn't quite come across as months of solitude without proper supervision and care. For another similar film with abandonment as the theme, try Treeless Mountain .......Rizzo"