Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film!

Winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2019, Shoplifters—about a Japanese family of small-time crooks—has garnered nearly unanimous rave reviews. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Lily Franky) and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant, Osamu’s wife agrees to help after learning of the hardships the girl has faced. Although the family makes barely enough money to survive, they stay happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets.

“Before the shoot, I was thinking of this film as kind of a fable. Even if the film was realistic, I wanted to describe the poetry of human beings, and both the cinematography and music came close to my vision. I have always been a fan of Hosono Haruomi’s film scores. In this film, his music captures the fantasy side of the story.” —Hirokazu Kore-eda, director

Rated R

“A work of such emotional delicacy, you’re barely prepared when it knocks you sideways.” —Los Angeles Times

A masterpiece.” —Wall Street Journal

My favorite movie of the year so far.” —filmmaker Ava Duvernay

• Read interviews with the filmmaker here and here.

• See a Film Comment blog post comparing Shoplifters with Kore-eda’s After Life.

• Listen to a Film Comment podcast on “families on film.”

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Community partner: Japan-American Society Houston (JASH)

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Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japanese with English subtitles
Running Time
121 minutes
Digital, Color