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Nobody Knows 12 rating

Koreeda’s drama about four children left to fend for themselves is a heartbreaking study of childhood neglect.

Drama 2003 141 mins

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda


Four children are left to fend for themselves in a Tokyo apartment by their scatterbrained and selfish mother. Their well-being and survival depends on the oldest son, 12-year-old Akira. Filmed over the course of a year, Koreeda’s heartbreaking study of childhood destroyed by neglect and societal indifference boasts superb naturalistic performances. Lead actor Yuya Yagira became the youngest-ever winner of the Best Actor award at Cannes.