A deeply moving film
Today I went to the pre-screening of "Nobody Knows," a stunninglybrilliant film by director Hirokazu Koreeda who also directed thephilosophical "After Life."
What if I were a 12 years old boy and left alone to take care of twoyounger sisters and one younger brother in a big city like Tokyo, and Ihave to hide them in the apartment so nobody knows about them? That'swhat I have been thinking when I was watching this film and how thefilm gets my sympathy for these children. It allows me to experiencethe ordeal through these children's eyes and the transcendingperformance by Yuya Yagira, who is the youngest actor ever won the bestactor award in the history of Cannes Film Festival.
Director Koreeda allows the camera to take the time to shoot and henever rushes from one scene to the next. He let me observe, let mefeel, let me be as close to these children as I possibly can, until Ican no longer take it and until I am drowned by the frustration andsadness. I become as helpless as those children, because I simply cannot resist the urge to help them. That makes me cry. Through out thefilm, Koreeda masterfully positioned his lenses to ordinary objectsaround these children, such as simply a finger, a hand, a stain, afoot, or four empty glasses. But through these zoomed in images, I haveno trouble to "see" and "feel" what's going on in the whole picture.And it tells the story in a more profound fashion and more personalway, a story you will never forget, along with those images, sometimes,even the music.
The 12 years old boy is played by Yuya Yagira, who has a haircut likethe Japanese animation character. Yagira's outstanding performance isoriginal and remarkable, and simply unforgettable. Through him, you seea premature 12 years old boy who is acting as an adult to take care theother kids, meanwhile, he is still a 12 years old kid, who will justlike other kids around his age. That's make this movie can be so hardto watch sometimes, because no matter how hard your heart is, it willbe softened by watching his struggle to survive. It's hard to leavethis movie with dry eyes.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the best film I have seenthis year.