Shoplifters Movie Review | Lily Franky And Kirin Kiki's Movie 'Shoplifters'

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Shoplifters Movie Review

Shoplifters Movie Review - Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki's Movie 'Shoplifters'


Shoplifters Movie Review: In 'Shoplifters', Kore-Ida paints a heart-wrenching picture of a family living in poverty, who steal to meet and still work together. They live in a cramped house, joking for space and meeting as a family at dinner, eating noodle soup and crisps - bought from a street food stall. This small place of residence belongs to Dadi Hatsu (Kirin Kiki) and it is also her pension that helps the family to live side by side with everyone's odd jobs. Osamu's wife Nobuo (Sakura Endo) is engaged in a laundry job, Aki (Mayu Matsuoka) works in a people show parlor and is a daily wage earner due to an accident. But ultimately, it is the shoplifting of everyday items, groceries and food that keeps them going. And this specialization leads Osamu (Lily Frankie) with young Shota (Joey Carey) under his wing. Osamu creates distraction while Shota steals and makes a run for it. He causes Shota that no one has things in a shop, so it's all right to pick them up. In fact, it is clear that Shibata is untouched about shoplifting as a way of life when Shota is told by Nobuyo at dinner. To make sure he picks up some shampoo for her next time.
And on one such night, little Yuri (Miyu Sasaki) is brought home by Osamu. The family warmly welcomes her to eat something hot, especially Grandma Hatsu who fusses over her and her terror, Yuri has many scars on her body. When Osamu and Nobuyu take Yuri back to the street, he is picked up to leave her at the door, a couple frantically fighting from the apartment, confirming the emotional and physical abuse they had with their parents. Nobuyu decides to bring Yuri back home with Osami being vindicated and himself says that he has not kidnapped the little girl, as he did not ask for a ransom.
As Yuri begins to include Osmu and Shota in their shoplifting jaunts, Shota gets angry at him at first, but soon an unspoken bond develops between the two. Much like a brother and sister. One day while going home, he sees some children going to school, he helps them, "School is for children who do nothing at home."
And when Nobiu and Yuri's bond becomes almost as deep as that of a mother and child, on a perfect family walking out of the beach, she says to Hatsu "Sometimes it's better to choose your family."
However, there is nothing in the Shibata family as they have not been introduced to the nuances and complex narratives of Kore-ida. As the film reaches a climax, hidden secrets within the family are revealed one after another. And things start to connect or collapse. Through his poignant, reflective and powerful screenplay, Kore-ida openly cut off social hypocrisy and popularized family structures. The visual story of shoplifters is equally powerful - overly tight close ups, compressed spaces, recurring forms of food, visible changing seasons - from frosty cool nights to hot summer days, family copulation mechanisms. And as the film explores moral ambiguity, every character in this relaxed family touches a raga. The performances by Kirin Kieri, Lily, Sakura Endo and Mayu Matsuoka are heartwarming and spectacular. But it is these two children - Joey Carey and Miyu Sasaki - who are excellent and leave maximum impact, refusing to leave your mind even after watching the film.
Hirokazu Kore-Ida's 'Shoplifters' is a layered, textured film and a definite must-see film. Take time for this.
Shoplifters Movie Story: When Osamu Shibata finds five-year-old Yuri on the streets, dying of cold and hunger on a cold winter night, he brings her home to feed him. The intention is to bring him back to his family after the right time. But soon it becomes an integral part of the Shibata family and their everyday shoplifting.
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writers: Hirokazu Koreeda (original story), Hirokazu Koreeda (screenplay)
Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
Genres: Crime | Drama
Official Sites: Official site
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Release Date: 23 November 2018 (USA)
Filming Locations: Japan
Box Office
Opening Weekend USA: $89,264, 25 November 2018
Gross USA: $3,313,513
Company Credits
Production Co: AOI Promotion, Fuji Television Network, GAGA
Technical Specs
Runtime: 121 min
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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