In Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest gem, Osamu (Lily Franky) is the Fagin-like head of an extended family living together in a cramped apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo. Struggling to survive, they supplement their income through petty crime but then find they have another mouth to feed.
Kore-eda is rightly renowned as the supreme chronicler of family life (Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister, After the Storm) and Shoplifters is no exception as it explores the ties that bind and what makes a family, however it is formed. Worthy winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, Kore-eda weaves his unique magic and reveals a deep empathy for all the members of the makeshift family. Delicate, warm, humane, uplifting – all what one has come to expect from Kore-eda’s masterful film-making but Shoplifters goes further still as it packs a powerful and emotional punch.
Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious film-making with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart – Robbie Collin, THE TELEGRAPH