Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows (2004)

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Nobody Knows tells the story of four siblings and their young mother (played by J-Pop star You) who move into a small apartment in Tokyo. There is no father around, and in fact, all the children are the offspring of different men, as a result of their mother's wild lifestyle and immature personality. Yet, in the beginning, the family life is portrayed in a lovingly chaotic way. Society might not give the read moreseal of approval, but the members of this non-nuclear family seem to enjoy an adventurous life together.
Things change for the children—12-year-old Akira, his serious-minded younger sister Kyoko, and their two younger siblings: avidly curious Shigeru and the adorable and innocent Yuki —when, shortly after they move in to their new home, their mother leaves to begin a new life with a man who lives in Osaka. Left with only a small amount of money and a note asking Akira to look after his younger siblings, the eldest brother's rank in the family shifts overnight and he becomes the surrogate head of the family.

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    Dare mo Shiranai

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Dec 22, 2011
  • Overall 10
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  • Music 6.0
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The events were laid out in a steady pace. It seemed very realistic, and after I read about the original story behind this movie (Its based on real events) I just crumbled into tears. Makes you truly appreciate the parents you have.
The acting was impressive, the characters were mainly children but they sure know how to act! It was a rare find for me. A movie like this will shock you. read more Never knew such things happened.
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May 13, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 5.0
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This is an amazing film. I can't even put into words how thoughtfully and carefully the casting, acting, direction, and cinematography were executed. This movie is depressing. It is also very quiet and can feel slow to some people. The only reason why I gave this movie a 5 for Music is because there isn't really any. I would have given it a 10 out of 10 for sound production because each read more noise contributes to engulfing you in the children's world.

In a nutshell: Great film for people who like quiet, thoughtful films. Avoid if you like fast paced movies or do not want to cry.
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    addictedtakumi Apr 26, 2016 - edited

    Wonder where can I find link for these movie.. dramacool doesn't have it.. :(

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    kanade Apr 25, 2016 - edited

    the real story (if you can trust wiki) is way more fucked up

    "On July 25, Child A's testimony revealed that Child E had been killed by Friend B of Child A, and that her body was buried in a woods in Chichibu by Child A and Friend A"

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    Lairees Feb 17, 2016

    Love the aesthetics of this movie. Really beautiful.

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    Nana8 Feb 14, 2016

    Cried my eyes out

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    Phoenix0607 Jan 24, 2016

    This is such a poignant little film that quietly draws you in. Very moving. A gem.

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    Jo-hannah Jan 21, 2016

    The saddest part is that this actually happened in real life

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    mrwyoo Jan 12, 2016

    Oh found it, this is a great movie. Saw this on dutch television.

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    KMR Oct 26, 2015

    I read the real story and I can't believe what the court did. O.o

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    -kaze- Jul 13, 2015

    this.. was brilliant and i can't believe it's based off of a true story :(

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    irisixora Oct 15, 2014

    yuya yagira was so amazing in this movie...

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    mecchaumai May 28, 2014

    Do I depress myself by rewatching this today?

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    xscolioticjenx Apr 7, 2014

    heart wrenching!

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    BaDaBa11 Oct 16, 2013

    this was an interesting film, heart breaking because it's a true story.

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    cantiara Sep 1, 2013

    Good movie and solid performances. Definitely not an easy watch, because story-wise, it is heart wrenching and very depressing, just like that one anime from Ghibli, "Grave of the Fireflies". This one is indeed more slow paced though. But I am grateful that they make it that way, not the dramatic way. Otherwise it'd be just too damn hard to watch. I also like the song in the end when the two kids were in the train.


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    Aug 7, 2004
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    2 hr. 21 min.


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