Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)



Critic Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.

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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
as Osamu Shibata
Sakura Andô
as Nobuyo Shibata
Kirin Kiki
as Hatsue Shibata
Jyo Kairi
as Shota Shibata
Sosuke Ikematsu
as 4 ban-san
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Critic Reviews for Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku)

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A story whose ethical quandaries are presented with equal parts compassion and toughness.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Every one of master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies breaks your heart in a different way.

December 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The movie uses a domestic drama to illustrate larger and more compelling concerns about society in general.

December 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

In a great film, Kore-eda's thesis would be the starting point, not its culmination... But in the end, Kore-eda, for all the cooked-up moments in Shoplifters, knows where the heart of his story is.

November 30, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's in theory the worst family movie of 2018 - and in practice one of the year's best films.

November 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he's a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup.

November 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku)

Thereï¿ 1/2(TM)s a natural hesitance going into foreign films for anyone, right? Like, youï¿ 1/2(TM)re semi-scared to even enter into this world of another culture because you know you may not fully understand everything going on or the context of certain decisions and/or traditions, but know to get to a point where you do comprehend you just have to dive in. Thatï¿ 1/2(TM)s not just me, right? Shoplifters, director Hirokazu Koreedaï¿ 1/2(TM)s simple ode to the idea that you have no choice in the matter of who some of the most influential people in your life might be AKA your family, despite being a Japanese-language film centered around a lower class Japanese family (a world I know absolutely nothing about) connects almost immediately. Pulling the viewer into this fresh dynamic and establishing the six participating individuals with their own voices there is no turning back after only a mere few minutes in their world. There is a natural simplicity to the introductions of the characters and the establishing of their claustrophobic world even as the context of their situation becomes increasingly complicated. Effortlessly captivating would be one way of describing it.

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