Kriin Kiki, Lily Franky, Sosuke Ikematsu, Sakura Ando, Moemi Katayama, Mayu Matsuoka

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Running Time: 121 minutes

Certificate: 15 - strong sex references

Country: Japan

Format: 2D


"A complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending, a twist-reveal worthy of psychological suspense noir."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart."
- Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph

"If Shoplifters asks huge questions about what a family is and is not, the answers are hinted at in fleeting gestures - the hallmark of this beautiful, ambiguous film."
- Danny Leigh, Financial Times

"Shoplifters is a heart-warming examination of domestic poverty in Tokyo, and a modern Dickensian masterpiece worthy of its Palme d’Or award."
- Lewis Knight, Daily Mirror

"Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda’s special brand of tough-but-tender humanism."
- Geoff Andrew, Time Out

"This film is about the good and bad that co-exist in people, perhaps in all of us."
- Brian Viner, Daily Mail

"A spirited, lilting delight"
- Beth Webb, Little White Lies

More than twenty years into a directing career focused on elegant, but quietly devastating tales of family life, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, Like Father, Like Son) has produced a high watermark with this Cannes Palme d’Or winner. Unsentimental, it feels like a culmination of the tender humanism of his past work.

Osamu (Franky Lily) is a shoplifter par excellence, who has carefully drilled his petty criminal ‘family’, including his wife (Sakura Ando) and sex worker Aki (Mayu Matsuoka). Their family grows when they discover a girl left home alone and take her into their group. But darker elements start to brew, threatening the family.

Crafted to steal your heart, this is precise, poignant filmmaking of great craft and sensitivity


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