Shoplifters of Japan, Unite

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-winning film focuses on an unusual Japanese family and their attempts to live in the cracks of a failing system.

The unconventional ‘family’ in Kore-eda’s Shoplifters. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

Hirokazu Kore-eda is one of the most accomplished of contemporary Japanese filmmakers, his work reliably well-regarded and garlanded at Cannes. His latest, Shoplifters (2018), is no exception, having won the Palme D’Or there. The film focuses on a large, extended family eking out a living in Tokyo by pooling their skills and resources: pensions, day-labouring […]

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