Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)


Critic Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.

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After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them...


Lily Franky
as Osamu Shibata
Sakura Andô
as Nobuyo Shibata
Kirin Kiki
as Hatsue Shibata
Jyo Kairi
as Shota Shibata
Sosuke Ikematsu
as 4 ban-san
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All Critics (59) | Top Critics (10)

Kore-eda, in his steady and unhectoring way, is levelling grave accusations at Japanese social norms, yet what stays with you, unforgettably, is that bundle of mixed souls at the start.

Nov 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Both a gentle examination of what constitutes a real family and a harsh dissection of Japan's faltering social landscape.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"Maybe the bond is stronger when you choose your family," says someone, and darned if the film doesn't make a good case for that notion.

Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn't what it seems, and love that's the real thing.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Sometimes, the films of the Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda remind me of the novels of Paul Auster, deceptively simple prose that builds slowly into a puzzle piece of quietly explosive force.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There's a deep empathy for these characters in Kore-eda's camera that we start to take on ourselves, and the final act is as heartbreaking as anything I've seen in years.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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