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SHOPLIFTERS Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda Starring: Jyo Kari, Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Mayu Matsuoka. Do not rush and wait for a clerk to go on break. - Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky)

A Japanese couple with part-time jobs and inadequate income start shoplifting. The youngest and eldest in the family household join them. Dramatic changes happen, when they take in an abandoned young girl who they later discover has been physically abused.

I don’t know if the family is the best way to talk about Japanese society, but in the case of the film, I did talk about the family but to broaden the scope of the film and look at the family from a greater distance to highlight friction between family and society. This is a more social film than preceding ones, but I didn’t really want to depict Japanese society, rather I wanted to talk about the family in Japan. So, the starting point is truly the family. I didn’t really think this was the effective means, I just wanted to broaden my scope than with previous films. - Hirokazu Koreeda Family survival has been a regular theme of Koreeda’s films. In Nobody Knows, it is about a mother who is herself a child. A son who overnight becomes an adult abandoned in Tokyo. Four children will embark on the greatest adventure imaginable; growing up together but alone, they will rely on love, humour, ingenuity and determination in what sometimes seems impossible, yet they keep their spirits high and their family together. Here in Shoplifters Koreeda spins the yarn around a family whose patriarch, Osamu Shibata has taught his family to steal because he says, he doesn’t know anything else to teach them. Osamu is a loveable rogue who combines shoplifting with his proper job of a labourer working on a building site. His family, Nobuyo (Sakura Ando) his wife, her sister Aki (Mayu Matsuoka), Granny (Kirin Kiki), and the couple’s son Shota (Jyo Kairi), are all crammed into Granny’s tiny apartment. Beds are shared, and cabbage soup is loudly slurped. 8

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