ICJS Event: Japanese Cinema Eclectics—Curated by Donald Richie

A Multi-part Series Devoted to Unexplored Tangents of the Japanese Film

Film: Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

Friday, April 6, 2007
Open: 7:00 p.m. (Start: 8:00 p.m.)
SuperDeluxe (Access)
Open to general public.
1,500 yen (valid for one day/one screening)
Introduction by Donald Richie in English
Film in Japanese with English subtitles (film to be followed by a Q&A moderated by Donald Richie)
Registration closed

About the Film
Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

Written, directed and edited by Kore'eda Hirokazu
Photographed by Yamazaki Yutaka With Yagira Yuya, Kitaura Ayu,
Kimura Hiei, Shimuzu Momoko, Kan Hanae, "You." (2004), 141mins.

The prize-winning picture based on the 1988 abandonment of four young children by their mother. Kore'eda (director of Maboroshi and After Life) turns the case into a gripping and appalling experience. The fourteen year-old Yagira Yuya won the "Best Actor" Award at the 2004 Cannes Festival, and director Kore'eda created a new kind of fictional documentary.

Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers. They have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, asking her 12 year old boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Through engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with the world outside their cocooned universe, the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses. Their innocent longing for their mother, their wary fascination toward the outside world, their anxiety over their increasing desperate situation, their inarticulate cries, their kindness to each other, their determination to survive on wits and courage...


About the "Japanese Cinema Eclectics"

This monthly series will feature relatively unknown but important Japanese avant garde films selected by Donald Richie, the former Curator of Film at the New York Museum of Modern Art in New York (1969-1973), and a renowned authority on Japanese film.

Donald Richie came to Japan in 1947 as feature writer for the Pacific Stars and Stripes. After the end of the Occupation, he became film critic for The Japan Times and still continues with that paper as Arts Critic. During the following years he wrote a number of books, including The Films of Akira Kurosawa (1965); Ozu (1974), and One Hundred Years of Japanese Film (2002). In addition, he has written over forty books about the country in which he has been resident for nearly sixty years. These include: The Inland Sea (1971), Japanese Portraits (1991), and his latest work, The Japan Journals: 1947-2004. From 1968 to 1973 he was Curator of Film at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Named by TIME magazine," the dean of Japan's arts critics," he is regarded as the preeminent authority on Japanese film. Susan Sontag has said of him "Donald Richie writes about Japan with an unrivaled range, acuity, and wit."

About the Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS)

The ICJS is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan. The Institute hosts lectures, seminars, and symposia that provide a forum for Japanese studies scholars to present their work on issues related to contemporary Japanese social, cultural, and political issues. The ICJS reflects TUJ's commitment to offering research and study programs linking Japan and other countries, fostering greater overseas understanding of Japan, and serving an innovative role in International Education in Japan.

This series will be hosted at the Super Deluxe (SDLX) in Nishi-Azabu (www.super-deluxe.com)

Japanese Cinema Eclectics
Film Schedule

April 6Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)
May 23Vibrator
July 21Avalon