Simply yet impressively filmed story based on a real-life drama
Acclaimed movie Dare mo shiranai (Nobody Knows, 2004) and relatedfeaturettes on the DVD from my Tokyo acquisition earlier this year,easily proved to be well worthy of my prolonged attention.
Though slow-moving and long (almost 2.5 hours), one never gets boredwatching four kids (in the movie of the age of 4, 6, 10 and 12 years)trying to survive on their own. Kids are kawaii (cute) and theirperformances touching, while bringing to life a bittersweet story ofabandoned children. Trying to avoid attention from authorities andsubsequent institutionalisation or imposed guardianship, inevitablyleading to their separation, they are concealing the fact from theirlandlords and neighbours, continuing to live alone and thus stayingtogether, sadly, with an almost unsurprisingly tragic outcome.
Indeed a powerful story, based on real events. Unfortunately, as foundon the free on-line encyclopedia pagehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobody_Knows_(2004_film), actual events,taking place in 1988 in Tokyo's Toshima-ku (ward), thoroughly describedin "The affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo" depiction ofthe incident, have been even far more gruesome. Well deserved rating 9out of 10.