Nobody Knows (2004)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 49

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AKA: Dare Mo Shiranai
Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Yuya Yagira (Akira), Ayu Kitaura (Kyoko), Hiei Kimura (Shigeru), Momoko Shimizu (Yuki), You (Mother), Hanae Kan (Saki)
Country: Japan; Effed Up Asian Movies
Language: Japanese (Eng Subs); Effed Up Japanese Cinema
Runtime: 02:20:36
Genres: Based on a True Story, Childhood, Misery-Depressing

Plot – Spoilers:
A mother and her 12-year-old son move into a Tokyo apartment. As they unpack, out from their suitcases pop a couple of kids. Yeah. The kids were transported locked and hidden in the bags, because of previous trouble finding accommodation. In all, there are four kids, each with likely a different father. There are strict rules on behavior, enforced by mom, and it’s suggested that some of these in the past were creative and included eating peppers and enemas.

The rules are simple – only the oldest boy, Akira, is allowed out. The rest have to stay in all day and night, and not even venture into the balcony. And why should they? They don’t go to school and aren’t encouraged to socialize with other kids anyway.

The kids are well-trained and know better to always smile in the darkest and most restrictive of times. Mother too seems nice when rules are being followed, until she finds a new love and ups and leaves. The goodbye-note carries a little money and a promise to return. The onus is now on Akira to juggle the finances ignoring the arcade temptingly nearby, and to also keep spirits up during the cold winter, where a birthday treat for the littlest girl is to step outside wearing her favorite squeaky shoes

Massive Spoilers:
Based on a true story that had a more grim event in it – the smallest child was killed by the oldest boy’s friend whom he then assisted in burying the body. But despite not going there, and its 2.5 hour length, Nobody Knows never bores or tires of holding on to its bleakness. And this is mostly down to the extraordinary achievement by the director in extracting natural performances from all the kids.

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RedKronik
RedKronik
June 22, 2024 3:17 am

Single mothers always doing the wrong thing.

Komoko
Komoko
February 14, 2024 1:06 pm

Super depressing… May those poor souls find peace – all over the world.

Dahmer
Dahmer
March 11, 2023 2:33 am

Turkey and Korea are brothers11111111111111111

boredelephant
boredelephant
March 2, 2023 9:37 pm

i hate breeders! most of the people on this earth should be sterilized, only those who show good parenting skills (and not a fucked up dna full of mutations that could create a defective suffering child) should be allowed to breed

wtf
wtf
February 25, 2023 3:44 pm

kids being life sucking burdens nothing new. The losers who pop out kids they can’t care for are the ones to blame tho

Steve
Steve
February 25, 2023 3:05 pm

It’s pride month yaaayyy come & Jack your Weiner’s in my face,cover me in your spooge oh goddamn it yeeeah woooooooo Stroke me Ed,harder baby holy fuck im living my best life boo oooh ya cum,cum harder Richard,stuff it up my hole,oh for the love of gay cry babies & preteen faggots owww lord cum you cowards awwww im so TRIGGERED OOH

Wiggle that arse
Wiggle that arse
February 25, 2023 9:36 am

Having now watched all 31 Elvis films I can officially say that Harum Scarum is by far the worst. I am off to soothe my sore member from enjoying too much go-go action.

Kikitza
Kikitza
February 24, 2023 7:04 am

We need to band together and keep pedophiles like Steve off the internet. He is a complete disgrace to humanity and a sad excuse of an existence. Say bye bye to Pedo Steve!

fred fat
fred fat
February 23, 2023 9:34 pm

i asked whether anybody had heard of this film – apparently nobody knows

Kikitza
Kikitza
February 23, 2023 4:54 pm

Is putting on a condom harder than rocket science itself? We are headed the very wrong way folks

Steve
Steve
February 22, 2023 1:04 pm

Japanese kids are the best sexual partners of all the Asian countries,especially the 6 to 8 age group,so tight,accommodates my 2 inch pecker nicely
-Steveo the pedo-Adeventures in the orient

Ed
Ed
February 22, 2023 3:20 am

I’d like to analy violate those kids & spunk in their cherub faces

PREZZY
PREZZY
February 22, 2023 12:51 am

utter shyt 5 stars WTF

Old Mother Hubbard
Old Mother Hubbard
February 21, 2023 10:40 pm

Damn that was depressing. Patience is needed due to the length of the film but I feel that the endurance of misery that they had/still have to face is enhanced by that. That last shoe squeak really bummed me out. 5 stars. If you are looking for blood and gore or tits and ass this isn’t the one for you.

joe126
joe126
February 21, 2023 10:18 pm

Koreeda has a bunch of good movies. This is one of them.

Anti Nowhere League
Anti Nowhere League
February 21, 2023 7:00 pm

I hate people

fred fat
fred fat
February 21, 2023 5:42 pm

whats to know?