Spring 2019: Manbiki Kazoku (Shoplifters)


Originally screened: January 23, 2019

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Country: Japan
Runtime: 120 minutes

The family at the heart of Shoplifters, led by Hatsue (Kiki Kirin, in her final role), Osamu (Lily Franky), and Noboyu (Andô Sakura) is not related by blood. The traditions and trades they follow are technically outside the law. But they persist, and they love, and perhaps, Kore-eda's film shows, their way of life is one worth preserving.

Where to watch today: Shoplifters is available on home video from Magnolia Pictures, and is available to stream online via Netflix.