About the film
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Actors: Sakura Ando, Franky Lily, Mayu MatsuokaHirokazu Kore-eda's Palme d'Or winner is a thrilling, beautiful and heartbreaking drama about another type of crime family.
Osamu (Franky Lily) and his wife Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) are middle-aged, marginally employed and crammed into a ramshackle apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo, along with a pre-teen son named Shota (Jyo Kairi), Nobuyo’s younger sister (Matsuoka Mayu), and a frail grandmother whose monthly pension keeps everything from falling apart.
Discovering a five-year-old girl Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), foraging for scraps on a fire escape. Osamu and Nobuyo take her in as another couple might a stray pet, filling her empty belly with hot croquettes and gluten cake. Initiating her into a world of petty scams that allows for various adventures and piquant interludes it however becomes apparent that this informal adoption actually constitutes kidnapping. Eventually the misbehaviours of the Shibata family catch up with them, and this is where ‘Shoplifters’ takes an unexpected, but quietly well-earned, narrative turn.
Ryûto Kondô’s cinematography, gives the slums of Tokyo a kind of beautiful dignity, and a gentle, bouncing score from Haruomi Hosono helps to alleviate some of the heartbreaking sadness.
You will fall in love with this unconventional family. Their heart and generosity will stay with you long after the credits roll. Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart.
"This marks a return to the socially-conscious mode of Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows, but also continues his ongoing examination of what constitutes a family, and whether it can still provide cohesion in Japan’s rapidly devolving society. At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences." – Maggie Lee, Variety
Japanese with English subtitles