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Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku)

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After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.


  • Lily Franky
  • Sakura Andô
  • Kirin Kiki
  • Mayu Matsuoka
  • Jyo Kairi
  • Miyu Sasaki
  • Sôsuke Ikematsu
  • Yûki Yamada
  • Moemi Katayama
  • Daisuke Kuroda

Did You Know?


  • Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
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    • Hatsue Shibata: I was sure she'd want to go home.
    • Hatsue Shibata: I chose you, too.
    • Nobuyo Shibata: Do you think she... chose us?
    • Hatsue Shibata: Usually you can't choose your own parents.
    • Nobuyo Shibata: But then, maybe it's stronger when you choose them yourself.
    • Hatsue Shibata: What is?
    • Nobuyo Shibata: What is...
    • [pause]
    • Nobuyo Shibata: The bond. The bond.
    • [pause]
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Buy tickets for Richard Jewell!
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The film never really takes off, characters never truly get confronted with any form of major conflict, and I’m only left wondering how it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

Youceff K
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Finally I don’t have to print out the ticket or go to a machine at the theater

Marco C


Nov 20, 2018

For all its gentle groundedness, a quality that suffuses much of Kore-eda’s work, Shoplifters strenuously resists romanticizing its main characters. Its compassion is more convincing for it. So is its brilliance.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
May 19, 2018

Some of the credit must go to the stellar casting and performances. It’s difficult to single out one of the six actors in this alternative family unit as it’s a true ensemble display. But Kore-eda’s deft command of tone is a key factor too.

Metacritic review by Lee Marshall
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 19, 2018

This small film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter