— Nobody Knows is a 2004 Japanese Film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, based on the 1988 event known as the "Affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo" Affair of the four abandoned children of Sugamo."
The incident was covered extensively by both Japanese and international media.
Nobody Knows tells the story of four children: Akira, Kyoko, Shigeru and Yuki, who are aged between five and 12 years old. They are half-siblings, with each of them having different fathers.
Their mother ran away and got married, thereby abandoning them, and they were forced to survive on their own. The children cannot go outside, do not attend school, and cannot be spotted by outsiders. Over time, they can only rely on each other to face the multiple challenges in front of them. It is a tale of the children’s resourcefulness and resilience as they work together to stay together.
Nobody Knows was first shown at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, garnering the Best Film prize. The New York Times said that the film "…engages the audience's wondering, childlike imagination as well as its worrying adult conscience."
It further added that, "It is also strangely thrilling, not only because of the quiet assurance of Mr. Kore-eda's direction, but also because of his alert, humane sense of sympathy."
“Nobody Knows” is the third offering in Sunday Night Cinema’s Spring series, which is entitled “Movies Not Coming to a Theater Near You” and features overlooked movies that never got a broad viewing.
The showing is at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday at Cinema 6 in the Route 6 Mall in Honesdale. A donation of $5 per person is suggested, to help support the activities of the Arts Alliance.
The film will be preceded by a short introduction and followed by a discussion. For more information, visit waynecountyartsalliance.org or contact the Arts Alliance at 390-4420.