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A Making of ' Nobody Knows ' (Japan Version)
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The biggest surprise at the Cannes Film Festival this year is fourteen year old Japanese actor Yagira Yuuya beating old-pros like Tony Leung, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Hanks and Gael Garcia Bernal to claim the Best Actor award, becoming the youngest winner in Cannes history. This is a documentary that follows the journey of Yagira Yuuya's involvement with the acclaimed Japanese film Nobody Knows. This making of documentary of the film about four children having to fend for themselves after their mother left them behind will contain a lot of never before seen footage, as well as containing auditions of actors, the filming and going to Cannes. This 41 minute disc is the perfect companion to the film, and a chance for you to find out the process of the making of this magical film!


  • 2002 summer: Auditions
  • 2002 fall: Start Filming
  • 2002 winter: The Second Shoot
  • 2003 spring: The 3rd shoot
  • 2003 summer: The end of shooting
  • 2004 May: At the Cannes Film Festival

    After Cannes Film Festival, Yagira Yuuya got an award from the Minister of Education and Science. He is set to shoot a new film in the near future.

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    Product Title: A Making of ' Nobody Knows ' (Japan Version) ' 誰知赤子心 ' 製作特輯 (日本版) A Making of ' Nobody Knows ' (Japan Version) 「誰も知らない」ができるまで A Making of Nobody Knows A Making of ' Nobody Knows ' (Japan Version)
    Artist Name(s): Kan Hanae | Yagira Yuya | Kitaura Ayu | Shimizu Momoko | Kimura Hiei | YOU 韓英惠 | 柳樂優彌 | 北浦愛 | 清水萌萌子 | 木村飛影 | YOU Kan Hanae | 柳乐优弥 | 北浦爱 | 清水萌萌子 | 木村飞影 | YOU 韓英恵 | 柳楽優弥 | 北浦愛 | 清水萌々子 | 木村飛影 | YOU Kan Hanae | Yagira Yuya | Kitaura Ayu | Shimizu Momoko | Kimura Hiei | YOU
    Director: 熊谷喜一
    Release Date: 2004-12-23
    Publisher Product Code: BCBE-2081
    Language: Japanese
    Place of Origin: Japan
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
    Publisher: Bandai Visual
    Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003841679

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    [アーティスト/ キャスト]
    柳楽優弥 / 北浦愛 / 木村飛影 / 清水萌々子 / 韓英恵 / YOU

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    Professional Review of "A Making of ' Nobody Knows ' (Japan Version)"

    May 24, 2005

    This professional review refers to Nobody Knows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Hirokazu Kore-eda's docu-style drama Nobody Knows is something of a study in human devolution and flawed society. Based on the true story of a family of four abandoned by their mother, it's perhaps not as shocking as something you might see on the nightly news, but then that wasn't really the director's intention, to shock. Instead, with a subtle hand, Kore-eda questions. His subtle, almost-there commentary about the state of the modern family, social and individual responsibility and the intrinsic needs of youth is lovely, painful, inspiring and disturbing in turns. It might have been easy to sensationalise this content, to preach right and wrongs; and with a lesser director that would have almost certainly been the case, yet this particular director avoids such overt heartstring tugging in favour of a more sympathetic view.

    It's this more than anything that stands as testimony to Kore-eda's astonishing sensitivity and feeling. Never judge, only observer, he draws back a curtain to reveal a poignant reality that might have been, in anyone else's hands, an exercise in denial. Akira (Yuuya Yagira) is the oldest son in a fatherless family, responsible seemingly beyond his years. After helping smuggle his two younger sisters and younger brother into their new apartment, he settles into an obviously familiar routine, shopping, cooking, keeping his siblings in order and struggling through homework he has set himself because neither he nor the others have ever been allowed to go to school. Out of the four of them he's the only one really even allowed to leave the house, and therefore the only one with even a remotely normal understanding of the outside world. When his mother Keiko, played capably and convincingly by You (Stereo Future, Moonchild), comes and goes in his family's life in increasingly lengthy intervals, and seems little more than a child herself, it becomes more and more apparent that he is the one keeping this odd little unit together. Keiko's carefree (or perhaps careless) actions, her youthful looks and sweet, childish demeanour make it hard to believe she has ever been old enough to support and care for four children on her own.

    The tragedy of this story is that, in fact, she isn't.

    The fascination with this tragedy is in watching the illusion of responsibility shatter in Akira's role as surrogate caretaker in his mother's absence. Keiko's own innocence, her inability to live up to the realities of what society says the role of a single mother ought to involve becomes increasingly, discomfortingly easy to understand watching Akira face the same pressures of becoming a parent too soon. He keeps everyone to the routine of living, managing bills and begging money from men who may or may not be fathers to the four abandoned children, but the scaffolding established by the only authority figure he and his siblings have ever really known only holds for a while. Eventually, under pressure he was never meant to bear, Akira's yearnings for a 'normal' life become increasingly seductive until he is functioning more like the twelve-year old boy he is, rather than the father he never actually was.

    It's difficult to say this film is enjoyable to watch. It makes you feel something, certainly, but it's hard to determine what. Mild shock and sorrow, yes but there is something innocent and pleasing in the way Kore-eda shows the children constructing their own meaning from the foundations of the world left to them. He uses that childlike playfulness and sense of wonder at the new to show that while we are looking on from the outside in mild horror, those on the inside, who haven't known any differently, make do with what they have almost instinctively. And maybe it's the fact that this isn't something restricted solely to the realm of youth, that sometimes people make their own rules when they can't meet the ones the world hands them, that it truly Kore-eda's point. He handles things so simply and without embellishment, that it's difficult to lay blame on any one person, particularly the mother. His camera is gentle and real, intimate without intruding, and if the adage of never working with animals or children was ever true, it certainly doesn't seem to apply to this director. What he brings out in these four child-actors, over the course of a year's chronological filming, is truly, truly amazing. Little wonder that Yagira won Best Actor at Cannes in 2004.

    Inarguably a story-teller of compassion and depth, Kore-eda is not so much making his mark on Japanese film as he is making his heartfelt way in the world and allowing us a glimpse of the way he sees it. Considering such potentially shocking subject matter as child neglect and abandonment, to be able to ask the right questions, rather than point an accusing finger, is a rare talent indeed.

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    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.7 out of 10 (11)

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    March 24, 2006

    This customer review refers to Nobody Knows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Do Not Miss This Movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Deeply moving and poignant. The young actors were
    fabulous especially the young teenager who was
    well deserving of all the accolades bestowed on
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    March 11, 2006

    This customer review refers to Nobody Knows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Brave Children Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    At the first time, I looked at this movie, I thought was something like "Oh the poor children" and put it back on the shelf at the movie store. Later I came back to the store, then looking around for more movies to rent, and look at that movie again. I think maybe I should rent it and see what it was like.

    So I watched whole this movie, and I was shock how those VERY poorly bravely children trying to surivive without mother. Inside my heart, I was very mad about their mother leaving and came back being drunk, and the behave of hers around the kids. It was very hateful when I see her mom packing her kids inside the briefcase during the hot weather. All I see her is lying, careless, drunkard, and very suspection. It was very hurtful when that little girl fell off the chair.

    I think this is the best movie of all Japanese movie I ever seen! Much much better than Ringu, Ju-On, other Japanese horror movies. It help me to remember what the reality, soul, and love movie is really like, maybe because I watched too much horror movies. I can't believe that I put it back on the shelf at first place! (excuse me if my English is bad)
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    June 26, 2005

    This customer review refers to Nobody Knows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Reality is hard to watch! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    Reality is Hard to Watch!!

    Watching the moview broke my heart. It brought tears to my eyes many times. Watching a kid taking care of his siblings was a difficult for me. Do these things actually take place in Japan? Is the same Japan we see in the commercials? Life in pursuit of the mighthy Yuan is a very complex business. Nobody knows, nor do they want to care. Akura's performance was stellar. Watching Akura when he goes with his girlfriend to the airport to bury her sister (who died while fallen from a chair in his absence) is difficult. Only in the mind of a child we could find a similar answer to a compelling problem such as the one he was facing.

    Kids should be always wanted. They deserved to be loved. Parents need to think twice about their obligations and responsibilities before engaging in the business of making kids.!! All my love goes to the hundreds of Akiras living whether in advanced or developing countries.

    Excellent movie. Respectful yet tasteful treatment of the subject.

    Jairo Viafara.
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    June 17, 2005

    This customer review refers to Nobody Knows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    Its Incredibly Moving Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
    I agree the movie is long; however, I can't imagine or compare it with the long days and nights of these brave homeless children. The human element is so raw in this film; we rarely see this in "hollywood hits". If this movie doesn't move you or touch your heart, you're really lost with reality. I cried my eyes out, my sister has four children, the thought of them alone against the world is not scary but the thought of them alone with people who are oblivious to the plight of homeless and/or orphaned children is inconceivable and insensitive. It's one of the best films ever made. Please continue to make films with soul.
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    June 12, 2005

    This customer review refers to Nobody Knows (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Japan Version)
    My thoughts Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10

    It is true that the movie seems to go on forever and that it just gets more and more depressing into the film but while watching it you never notice the length of the film. You’re only thoughts are “Who is going to help these kids out?”
    The reason why this movie is so "thought provoking" is because we see how two-faced society can be!
    In my opinion I thought the film was great and the actors were somewhat believable. The only problem I had with the movie was that the people who encountered the kids didn’t get suspicious about their living situation. That part wasn’t believable to me. Other than that it was a great film.
    Hate it or like it, it will get your mind running on how devious people are, even if they are your mom.
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