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Film Description

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.

Film Details

  • Rating: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 121 minutes
  • Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Year: 2018

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Articles & Reviews:

  • Film Review: ‘Shoplifters’ (Manbiki Kazoku)

    Depicting a Japanese family that survives by running petty scams, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s modern day Oliver Twist story offers “poverty porn” of a most unconventional sort. On the one hand, the protagonists’ rough-and-ready lifestyle demonstrate that people can find comfort even in the worst economic conditions.

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  • Cannes Winner Shoplifters Is the Rare Movie That Actually Makes Life More Interesting

    It starts with a kidnapping. A little girl playing outside in the wintry cold is brought to a warm, cheerful home where she’s fed and doted upon. The adults worry about the 5-year-old’s undernourished frame and obvious signs of physical and emotional abuse. A slightly older boy makes sure the girl gets her favorite ingredient in the single noodle pot the multigenerational family crowds around for dinner. Where does tiny Yuri (Sasaki Miyu) belong, and where would she thrive? Have the adults who technically abducted her—but quickly treat like one of the family—saved her, as they believe?

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