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Nobody Knows DVD

Inspired by an infamous true story that made headlines in Japan in 1988, this tough yet tender film from writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu (the acclaimed After Life and Maborosi) follows the lives of four children left to fend for themselves by their wayward mother.

Having smuggled her family into a new apartment under the landlord's nose, Keiko (played by Japanese TV star YOU) put her 12 year-old son Akira (Yagira Yuya) in charge of the youngsters and after a brief period of relative family harmony - disappears. Akira manages as best he can, but limited means and the cramped confines of the apartment force this unorthodox family unit to re-shape their narrow existence to suit their physical and emotional needs.

Thanks to the engaging performances by a cast of non-professional child actors and Kor-eda's natural style, Nobody Knows effectively couples documentary realism with a lightly poetic, child's-eye view of the world. Steering clear of sentimentality, the film gathers an impressive and unstoppable emotional momentum.
Directed by: Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Cast: Yagira Yuya, Kitaura Ayu, Kimuar Hiei, Shimizu Momoko, Kan Hanae

WINNER BEST ACTOR YAGIRA YURA CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

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140 mins
RUNNING TIME
12
CERTIFICATE
Region 2
REGION
16:9
ASPECT RATIO
Japanese with English subtitles
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"Rarely has a kid's eye view of the adult world been captured with such innoncence and insight"

Empire

"Engrossing human drama that boasts astonishing performances"
 The Times

"Quietly compelling"
Evening Standard

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