Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Year: 2018

Length: 120 minutes

Classification rating: M - Sexual references and nudity

Screens in: Cairns, Townsville, Bunbury, Alice and Springs

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Piecing together family in the most unexpected ways

From revered director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, 2008; Nobody Knows, 2004), Shoplifters is a brilliantly humanistic masterpiece that intricately – and on occasion, boldly – explores what it means to be a family. The film focuses on a ragtag family of five who have slipped through the cracks of society, using shoplifting and other petty crime as a means to survive. Hatsue, the elderly matriarch of the cramped, decrepit home is played by the late legendary Kirin Kiki. Also sharing the dwelling are laundress Nobuyo (Sakura Andō) and her sometimes-employed husband Osamu (Lily Franky), teenage Aki (Mayu Matsuoka), who works in a soft-core peep show and the youngest member Shota (Jyo Kairi), who brings home the bare essentials with his dad Osamu from their regular shoplifting sprees. After one such venture, Osamu and Shota come across a little girl named Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), left outside on a cold winter night. Despite their own hardships, the impoverished family take her in with the hope to provide the much-needed shelter and care she appears to have been deprived. The family begin to live a happy, humble life together until an unforeseen incident unravels hard truths and their fragile existence is thrust into the spotlight, uprooting the bonds that hold them together.

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2018 First Japanese film to win the Palme d'Or since The Eel in 1997
2019 8 Japan Academy Prizes including Picture of the Year, Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress
2019 César Award for Best Foreign Film
2019 Asian Film Award - Best Film
Sunday 15th November

BCC Cinemas Cairns Earlville, Cairns

Saturday 21st November

BCC Cinemas Central, Townsville

Sunday 22nd November

BCC Cinemas Central, Townsville


Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury


Alice Springs Cinema, Alice Springs

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Akihiko Yose and Hijiri Taguchi

Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Jyo Kairi and Miyu Sasaki

Genre: Drama

Language(s): In Japanese with English subtitles.