Hirokazu Kore-Eda's "Nobody Knows"
Thursday, September 22, 2005 Posted: 09:30 AM JST
Last year Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda brought out his film "Nobody Knows". The movie is very loosely based on the "Affair of the Four Abandoned Children of Nishi-Sugamo", an event that took place in Tokyo in 1988.
Four young children, each with a different father, were left alone for six months in a dilapidated apartment after their mother abandoned them. Since they did not attend school, and were not even registered after their birth, no one knew of their existence.
Fourteen-year-old Yuya Yagira won Best Actor award at Cannes 2004 for his moving performance as Akira, the eldest of the four children who acts to keep the kids together and in good spirits. The movie has just started showing outside Japan, so try to catch it if you can.
Today I found a wonderful interview with director Kore-Eda about "Nobody Knows".
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