Manbiki kazoku


Monday, Nov. 5 at 6:45pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

One of Japan’s most lauded contemporary directors, Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Like Father, Like Son,” “After the Storm”) debuted his latest, “Shoplifters,” at Cannes, where it won the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. 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. The Wall Street Journal calls the film “a compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn’t what it seems, and love that’s the real thing,” and London’s Time Out hails it as “another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda's special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.”

121 min.

Directed by

Hirokazu Kore-eda



Film Category

Asian Focus International Spotlight Oscar® Submissions Studio Spotlight


Crime Death and Dying Family Issues



Sponsored by

East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University