Movie Review – Shoplifters (2018)

Shoplifters, 2018.

Written and Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Starring Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Akira Emoto, Kengo Kora, Yôko Moriguchi, Yuki Yamada, Moemi Katayama, and Naoto Ogata.


A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.

Rendering a band of criminals as likeable and empathetic without resorting to glorification or romanticizing their actions is quite the balancing act to nail. With that said, writer and director Hirokazu Kore-eda has specialized in thoughtful examinations of family over the course of his filmmaking career, that he stands out as the right auteur to not only confront the importance of bloodline in relation to familial love, but how career criminal behavior fits into that mold.

It’s best left to the viewer to connect the dots as to how all of the six individuals living off the

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