A Magnolia Pictures Release
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda 121 minutes
Japan. 2018. In Japanese with English subtitles. Starring Lily Frank, Ando Sakura, Matsuoka Mayu, Kiki Kilin, Jyo Kairi, Sasaki Miyu
Japan's Official Entry to the 2019 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film consideration. Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Nominated for Best International Film at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards.
"The work of a master in full command of his art."
– Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times
The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows; Like Father, Like Son) begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist movie, but Shoplifters is much more. Osamu (Lily Franky), a middle-aged man, and Shota (Kairi Jyo), a young boy, walk into a grocery store. They play it cool, not speaking but, rather, signalling to each other with their hands and eyes. One provides cover while the other snatches goods. They stroll out the door with a hidden bounty before anyone notices. Osamu and Shota then find four-year-old Juri (Miyu Sasaki) freezing on a balcony and take her back to their poor but happy home. And though Osamu's wife doesn't want another mouth to feed, any plans to return Juri to her parents are given the kibosh after signs of abuse are discovered on the little girl's body. If they're not demanding a ransom, how could this be a kidnapping? (Toronto International Film Festival)
"This is the year's most compassionate movie."
– Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
Select Festivals & Awards
- 2018 Festival de Cannes, France: Palme d'Or (Golden Palm)
- 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
- 2018 Munich Film Festival, Germany: Best International Film
- 2018 Denver International Film Festival: Best Feature Film
2019 Independent Spirit Awards, USA: Nominated for Best International Film
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda was born in Tokyo, where he attended Waseda University. His films include After Life; Air Doll; Like Father, Like Son; Nobody Knows; Still Walking; and Our Little Sister, which premiered in competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Shoplifters, Kore-eda's 13th feature, won the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
Sun., Dec. 16, 2018 at 3:10 PM San Joaquin Premiere Centerpiece Film
Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton