Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) | Denver Film Society | Hirokazu Kore-eda | Japan


Manbiki kazoku

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Asian, Crime, Drama

JapaneseEnglish SubtitlesJapan2018121 min


No upcoming showtimes scheduled.


DFF screenings of this film are on standby tickets only.
Shoplifters opens Exclusively at the Sie FilmCenter on December 7th. Tickets on Sale Now HERE

There’s honor among thieves. But there isn’t always justice. Renowned Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s piercing, fiercely tender portrayal of a poor but loving family of petty criminals scraping by on borrowed time won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; it’s also Japan’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Kore-eda (Distance, DFF24; Like Father, Like Son, DFF36; After the Storm, DFF39) pulls no punches with respect to socioeconomic critique; the conditions that have reduced the Shibatas—from Granny to adorable tyke Shota—to shoplifting and grifting remain front and center throughout the film. But the impact of his censure depends entirely on our affection, sympathy, and even, in some ways, admiration of this three-generation clan as it increases by one overnight. When pop Osamu brings home a lost and apparently abused little girl rather than taking her to the police, the stage is set for tragedy to come. Still the question lingers: Who is ultimately to judge us for doing the wrong thing for the right reasons?

SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)

Editor: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Cinematographer: Ryûto Kondô | Screenwriter: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki, Kairi Jyo, Miyu Sasaki