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Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)



Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 6

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


Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 1

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



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Hirokazu Kore-eda, who wrote and directed the international success After Life, returns with this story about a family dealing with an unusual dilemma in an unusual manner. Keiko (You) is a single mother who moves with her 12-year-old son, Akira (Yuya Yagira), into a small flat in a large city; however, what the building management doesn't know is that Keiko also has three other children, all fathered by different men: ten-year-old Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), seven-year-old Shigeru (Hiei Kimura), and

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

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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At its heart, Nobody Knows is a sweet salute to the tenacity and courage of children who are blithely mistreated by adults who should know better and probably do.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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This gem from Hirokazu Kore-eda unfolds with the graceful simplicity of a real-life episode turned into a minimalist fable.

March 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Profoundly sad, but it's made with such artistry that it's almost uplifting; you watch it mesmerized, immersed in the strange community the children create.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A genuinely important film.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Kore-eda has an astonishing talent for making us feel the same emotional aches as the kids.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
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.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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.

October 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

January 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

While this could be the stuff of tabloid fodder at the one extreme or family fare uplift at the other, it is actually an observational meditation on childhood lost with universal applications.

September 22, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Despite the downbeat premise, the director focuses on his characters' momentary pleasures.

September 20, 2005 Full Review Source:

Photographed in static shots that never cast judgement, the child actors have a naturalism that makes familiarity emotionally charged.

August 9, 2005 Full Review

Hirokazu dwells on the resiliency of children, a theme that also resonated in Small Change and which gives the film a lightness not inherent in the subject matter.

July 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Has a sweetly mournful feel, and it's well-performed throughout; still, it's a long time to spend in limbo.

June 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Profoundly metaphorical and almost unbearably heart-wrenching in its recognition of the essential aloneness of life...

May 27, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A moving, subtle and poignant story.

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Kore-eda coaxes gorgeously realistic portrayals from the children.

April 28, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A winsome documentary-like detailed study about four abandoned youngsters in Tokyo.

April 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The rare film that successfully tells its tale of childhood from the children's point of view.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A moving, excruciating, and compelling drama about four little anti-heroes who try to make the best of their hopeless situation.

April 22, 2005

A powerful, engrossing, downright haunting motion picture.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's arguable whether the experience is worth it.

April 7, 2005

It is the very definition of 'haunting,' in that it has a strong impact in the viewing, but an even stronger one in the contemplating.

April 4, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

July 29, 2007

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.
August 2, 2007

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[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]
February 20, 2005
Walter M.

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Wow! A story of abandonment. This answers the question of what would happen if four kids were left alone with a bit of pocket money and little else. Disturbing.
February 6, 2012
John Ballantine

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