Shoplifters

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  121 min.
In theatres: December 21, 2018 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
DVD: February 12, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Lily Franky, Ando Sakuro, Matsuoka Mayu, Kiki Kirin

Synopsis

A family living in Tokyo survives by shoplifting. Osamu (Lily Franky) and his young son Shota (Jyo Kairi) steal groceries, as well as things they can sell, while his wife Noboyu (Sakura Ando) works in an industrial laundry and takes anything left in pockets. Their teenage daughter Aki (Matsuoka Mayu) and grandma (Kilin Kiki) have sketchy, although legitimate ways to bring in money.

After one of their shoplifting sprees, Osamu and Shota come across a tiny girl named Yuri (Miyu Sasaki) all by herself in the freezing cold. They bring her home and find signs that she's been abused. Although Noboyu doesn't want to keep Yuri at first, when she sees the scars and bruises on the little girl, she relents. Soon the whole family is enamored of Yuri, whom they rename Rin and teach her how to shoplift. Yuri turns out to be a natural, but when they spot the little girl on the television news, describing her as a missing child, it leads to secrets being revealed.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Hijiri Taguchi, Kaoru Matsuzaki, Akihiko Yose
Screenplay: Kore-eda Hirokazu
Official Site: ShopliftersFilm.com

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