This is a moving Film that is so engaging as to each and every character and is acted out so well that is shows throughout the storytelling that is directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It is up for 3 APSA awards to be staged in Brisbane Town Hall 29th November.

Highly recommend this film.


Director: Hirokazu Koreeda 2018 121 Minutes Ages 15+
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda’s Palme d’Or–winning film is a warm and moving depiction of a makeshift family living on the outskirts of society.

After sporadically employed father Osamu takes his young son out shoplifting one evening, they stumble across an abandoned five-year old girl on their trip back home. Taking her into their ramshackle house — shared also by Osamu’s wife Nobuyo, her younger sister Aki, and frail grandmother Hatsue — the family adopts the young girl and immerses her into their life of cheerful petty thievery. Koreeda has crafted a sumptuously lived-in world for these characters. Filled with both good humour and touching melancholy, Shoplifters is an irresistible tale about the meaning of family.


Year: 2018
Classification: Ages 15+
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Akihiko Yose, Hijiri Taguchi
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kairi Jō
Script: Hirokazu Koreeda
Program strand: Features
Rights: Rialto Australia

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