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Shoplifters (2018)

Manbiki kazoku (original title)
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A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director:

Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers:

Hirokazu Koreeda (original story), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Franky ... Osamu Shibata
Sakura Andô ... Nobuyo Shibata
Kirin Kiki ... Hatsue Shibata
Mayu Matsuoka ... Aki Shibata
Jyo Kairi ... Shota Shibata
Miyu Sasaki ... Yuri Hojo
Sôsuke Ikematsu ... 4 ban-san
Yûki Yamada Yûki Yamada ... Yasu Hojo
Moemi Katayama Moemi Katayama ... Nozomi Hojo
Daisuke Kuroda Daisuke Kuroda
Kazuaki Shimizu Kazuaki Shimizu
Izumi Matsuoka Izumi Matsuoka
Katsuya Maiguma Katsuya Maiguma
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue
Aju Makita Aju Makita
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Storyline

A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered young girl. The reasons for the family's habit and their motivations come under the microscope. Written by aghaemi

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Sometimes you choose your family.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Director Hirokazu Koreeda said that he developed the story for Shoplifters when considering his earlier film Like Father, Like Son (2013), with the question "what makes a family"? He had been considering a film exploring this question for years before making Shoplifters. Koreeda described it as his "socially conscious" film. With this story, Koreeda said he did not want the perspective to be from only a few individual characters, but to capture "the family within the society", a "wide point of view" in the vein of his 2004 film Nobody Knows (2004). He set his story in Tokyo and was also influenced by the Japanese Recession, including media reports of how people lived in poverty and of shoplifting. See more »

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Store owner: Don't make your sister do it.
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Referenced in ARfRA: The House That Jack Built Controversy (2018) See more »

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Great portrayal of ordinary folks' struggles and haunted pasts
6 July 2018 | by gerald-koh99See all my reviews

Excellently scripted and full of impressive subtleties, Shoplifters is a harrowing look at a working-class family in Tokyo, in the business of trying to simply make ends meet day by day. At first glance this may seem like just a story of this family resorting to petty crime, but as the plot gradually unfolds the reasons for the behaviour and decisions of each character is revealed, and al the dots begin to connect amidst this struggle.

Certainly seeing some of the characters getting involved in decidedly immoral behaviour- for example, the shoplifting carried out by the young boy and his father (as the title indications) and one young lady making a living off involvement in the porn industry, can be uncomfortable to see and it does present the characters in this film as morally dubious. But the whole situation that these people are in, and partially choose to create themselves, is eventually presented to the audience with unassuming subtlety, which is beautiful to watch. The overall tone of this film is fairly grim, and there is definitely raw emotional power to many scenes, but the acting and the script never at any point becomes overly sentimental or tragic. The scenarios and emotions that each character faces is really presented as it is, but of course with much delicacy.

This film may be relatively slow-paced and not visually stunning, but is breathtaking nonetheless. It's no wonder why it managed to win the Palme D'or! It's definitely going to end up as one of the best films of the year and will probably be recognised as a classic long in the future. Regardless of which culture you're from, I highly recommend checking this film out. It should deeply resonate with and impress any film lover.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

23 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,264, 25 November 2018

Gross USA:

$3,313,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,999,335
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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