Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)



Critic Consensus: Tragic and haunting, a beautifully heart-wrenching portrait of child abandonment.

Movie Info

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers and have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, charging her oldest boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements and some sexual references)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
Box Office: $0.5M
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as Shigeru

as Saki

as Keiko

as Tadashi Yoshinaga

as Eriko Yoshinaga

as Mini-Market Manager

as Mini-Market Employee
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Critic Reviews for Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (34)

Nobody Knows will chill you, further proof that the ability to procreate does not automatically qualify you to be a parent.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

What begins as a slow, determinedly realist account of the children's existence gradually weaves a spell via Kore-eda's gift for delicate emotional detail.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Those who can tolerate slower rhythms will appreciate Kore-eda's patient approach. And all will admire his handling of the children.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

It's rather slow and a bit overlong (139 minutes), it may not be for everyone, but for viewers with the patience, the rewards are many.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Rarely has a kid's-eye view of the adult world been captured with such innocence and insight.

Full Review… | April 1, 2006
Empire Magazine

Makes you weep for humanity's lack of humanity, but in doing so it reveals your own humanity in the concerns that honestly surface from within you as you watch.

Full Review… | January 2, 2006
Window to the Movies

Audience Reviews for Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)



Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Absolutely essential viewing. Slow, subtle and sublime. Wonderfully shot and written the story unravels at a calm pace building up to a devastating climax. Incredible performances from the youths make this a painfully naturalistic and at the same time heartwarming film about family, friendship and responsibility.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic][color=red]Warning: do not go see "Nobody Knows" if you have Attention Deficit Disorder or have a short attention span. The movie starts slow and eventually moves to a deliberate speed. You need to be patient with this film.[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorange]"Nobody Knows" starts out with a mother and 12 year old son, Akira, moving into a new apartment. Since the landlord says her neighbors might have problems with larger families, her two younger children arrive via suitcases, and a fourth is snuck in the dark of night from the train station.(None of the other children are enrolled in school. And all of the children have different fathers.) The mother tends to arrive home late after work and then after leaving a quick note, leaves the children to their devices for an extended period of time. Then, the money begins to run low.(Perhaps it is telling that the mother is the only parent we see in the entire film.) [/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=darkorange]Basically, "Nobody Knows" is a heartbreaking movie with an open ending that is both happy and sad. It is not flashy in any way, seeking to emphasize the mundane day-to-day activities. On the minus side, it does tend to overdo the children-as-baggage metaphor.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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