Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku)
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Section: World Cinema
Country: Japan | Year: 2018
Language(s): Japanese | Time: 121 mins
A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The young and the old of the household are in on the act. This unusual routine is about to change from carefree and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, as the couple opens their doors to a beleaguered teenager. The reasons for the family and friends’ habit and motivations, as a result, come under the microscope.
Hirokazu Kore-eda is an acclaimed Japanese filmmaker who has directed numerous award-winning fictional films, television documentaries and, as a producer, supported budding Japanese filmmakers. The main themes of his oeuvre include memory, loss, death, and the intersection of documentary and fictive narratives.