Nobody Knows
Rating: Year:2004
Cast:Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu, Hanae Kan, You Length:2h 21m
Director:Hirokazu Koreeda Country:Japan
Writers:Hirokazu Koreeda Genre:Drama
Synopsis: A mother claiming to have to travel for work leaves her four children in an apartment in Tokyo to fend for themselves.
Rating:
Cast:Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu, Hanae Kan, You
Director:Hirokazu Koreeda
Writers:Hirokazu Koreeda
Year:2004
Length:2h 21m
Country:Japan
Genre:Drama
Synopsis: A mother claiming to have to travel for work leaves her four children in an apartment in Tokyo to fend for themselves.

This is an excellent movie. Although almost two and a half hours long, you never lose interest.

Keiko [You] is a single mother of four children. Much is not revealed in the story but apparently the children all come from different fathers, none of whom she was married to. Although she is a very good mother, she must on occassion leave the children to fend for themselves under the care of her 12-year-old son Akira [Yûya Yagira] and eldest daughter Kyoko [Ayu Kitaura].

The children seem well trained in what they need to do to survive and they are left with money to buy food. However, the mother's trips to find work in other cities puts a strain on the children. Eventually comes a time when the mother simply does not return and the money runs out. We watch the resourcefulness of Akira and Kyoko, but they are all children and this just cannot continue.

The actors playing the children are excellent. The story is dramatic and interesting; it is tragic and heartwarming, horribly sad and quite funny. As with many Japanese movies, Tokyo seems oddly deserted, but in no way does that detract from the tale. We highly recommend this film.