Talk:Nobody Knows (2004 film)

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If anyone could find the original story of the "Affair of the Four Abandoned Children of Nishi-Sugamo," it would be nice to link it here.

March 2006: I've not been able to verify the information from this site, but have a look at:

Movie poster[edit]

I've changed the movie poster over from a shot of Akira to a shot of the four children together. I think this poster more accurately reflects the movie. RichMac 08:56, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

mistranslation "sikkouyuuyo" ?[edit]

"The mother spent 3 years in prison with an additional 4 years of probation after release." Is this true?

It's in the article on the actual event, but as I can't translate, and the article on the event has a lot of problems, it's hard to be certain. You may want to ask over there. ɱўɭĩєWhat did I dowrong 03:06, 26 March 2007 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

The "Actual Event" section duplicates information on The four abandoned children of Sugamo. It seems appropriate to remove the section from this page, inserting additional information onto the target page. -- (talk) 12:30, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

This entry does not meet Wikipedia standards.[edit]

This article gives a brief and accurate synopsis of the plot, then goes on to tell you exactly what's not in the film, referencing the older crime story. I just finished watching this, and if I may add a few useful details, here they are: The film is 2 hours and 15 minutes long, there's not much dialogue, the explanations are sparse, the four kids look nothing alike, and the camera work is amazing. The lead actor won something at Cannes (?). There is a disclaimer before the film stating that this movie was inspired by the idea of some real events, but it completely ficticious. The story is about the abandonment of four adorable children by their mother. At the beginning of the film, it's fall, and the family is moving into a small rented apartment with help from a moving company. Only the oldest boy (age 12) is known to the landlady, and the other three kids are smuggled into the apartment in suitcases. They can not go to school, and must never be seen by anyone, so they color, read books and play. Only the oldest kid can leave the house, where he forms some loose relationships with a few people, including the quasi-local convenience store workers, a schoolgirl playing hooky, and two video-game loving boys. At one point, the oldest boy tells the youngest girl that one day he'll take the monorail to the airport with her to watch the airplanes take off. One day, the mother, who frequently drinks and has been hobnobbing with another man, leaves an envelope for the oldest boy with some cash and a letter to "take care of the family," which he tries his best to do. The mother returns to the house two more times later in the film. After failing to come back for Christmas, as promised, the kids are on their own. As winter turns to spring, the bills have piled up and the electric, gas, and phone have all been turned off. The kids resort to the local park to use the bathroom, shower, etc. The hooky-playing schoolgirl becomes closer to the four children, who all have different ways of expressing their adjustment to the non-mom reality. Toward the end of the film, the smallest girl dies in the apartment after falling off a stool trying to reach something. The children are shaken. Seemingly at random, more cash comes in the mail from their "working" mother in another city. Using a candle for light, the children pack the girl's dead body into one of the suitcases, and fill it with her favorite stuffed animal and chocolate candies. The oldest boy and the schoolgirl then take the monorail to an open field near the airplane's runway and bury the suitcase in a hand-dug grave. The film ends after the youngest kid finds a coin in the slot of a pay phone.

This is quite a proper film and I feel this entry deserves a little more attention. Though the film may not be a recreation, such as Heavenly Creatures, this entry should actually give some information about what the film is about!!! Sincerely yours, --Torchpratt (talk) 12:11, 7 November 2009 (UTC)

Well put, torchpratt - I've included some article from NYT and LA Times that interview the director a bit and shed some light on the movie. It's an important piece of cinema work indeed. The crime story is so strikingly similar to one that occured last month in Osaka. However in that newer case, there have been many conflicts over whether that story is noteworthy from a Wikipedia standpoint even though is exploded in the headlines in Japan (newsworthy). I submit that there are a string of cases that are so similar as to be almost bizzarre, see the three abandoned children of Osaka and Rie Fujii which I attempted to rename the two abandoned children of Alberta. Also see Coin-operated-locker babies and baby hatch. Interesting stuff if a bit grim. Maximilian333 (talk) 21:52, 8 August 2010 (UTC)

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