Japanese Cinema Eclectics

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Japanese Cinema Eclectics is a multi-part series devoted to unexplored tangents of the Japanese film curated by Donald Richie and sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (TUJ)

Film Title: Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
Written, directed and edited by Kore'eda (2004), 141mins.
Photographed by Yamazaki Yutaka
Starring Yagira Yuya, Kitaura Ayu, Kimura Hiei, Shimuzu Momoko, Kan Hanae, "You."
Language: Introduction by Donald Richie in English
Film in Japanese with English subtitles (film to be followed by a Q&A moderated by Donald Richie)

The prize-winning picture based on the 1988 abandonment of four young children by their mother. Kore'eda (director of Maboroshi and After Life) turns the case into a gripping and appalling experience. Fourteen year-old Yagira Yuya won the "Best Actor" Award at the 2004 Cannes Festival, and director Kore'eda created a new kind of fictional documentary.

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers. They have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, asking her 12-year-old boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with the world outside their cocooned universe, the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses. Their innocent longing for their mother, their wary fascination toward the outside world, their anxiety over their increasing desperate situation, their inarticulate cries, their kindness to each other, their determination to survive on wits and courage...



2007-04-06 from 20:00



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