Shoplifters

Shoplifters

Manbiki kazoku

DVD - 2019 | Japanese
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"On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft, and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love--not blood--that defines a family."--Container.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 2 hr.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Alternative Title: Manbiki kazoku
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midori_hon
Jul 16, 2020

what comprises a family? genetics, circumstance, codependency, love? the answer is not straightforward in this movie. darker than some of koreeda's earlier works, his ability to find such natural and gifted children is quite amazing.

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andreabilyeu
May 22, 2020

This is a very deep movie.

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humbleworm
May 15, 2020

What seems at first like a close-knit family of semi-grifters struggling to make ends meet with signs of greater dysfunction around them quickly unravels into something else. Some aspects of this reminded me of Parasite, which is a more crafted/balanced film, but the family in Shoplifters just falls apart on its own. It's sad but you understand why it was inevitable and that's also the message in Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" (1958)

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stevania_k
Dec 31, 2019

It was a dramatization of complex psychosocial issues, the consciously or unconsciously neglect of elderly and children and the money-and-social-status oriented society. It left the audience with unresolved problems and unanswered questions. However, it was interesting to watch the relationship between the adopted family members which became the focal point of this film.

Interesting film, good portrayal of the characters. Clearly showed the affection and bonds between the members of this alternative family.

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spantell
Dec 04, 2019

I found this movie interesting but there were some things in the end that I am still confused about. Maybe it's the language difference.

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readyrisa
Oct 26, 2019

I usually like Hirokazu Kore-eda's movies, but this one is very slow paced, unbelievable, and boring! It won awards? Really? Thumbs down.

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MeOwnEyes
Oct 16, 2019

~A topic that I've never seen addressed. A family formed by elder choice, bond, sans being blood. Are we who we are due to who raised us? Perhaps likely. A twisted, touching tale, with an ending that inquires "Who truly inspire's an individuals life? What is just, after witnessing the abuse of a child? Are parents that wish they never were, deserving of said title?" Love, affection, guidance & bonding is but one recipe for a family. Compelled to watch twice, just to further catch the tales twist's & turns performed by these talented actors. Give this one a shot, well worth watching.

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Raun
Sep 20, 2019

Exotic, touching and thought provoking. Who can judge another’s life? There by the grace of god go I.

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dsw3914
Sep 16, 2019

I know it got a lot of awards, or was at least nominated, but I guess only highly sophisticated and intelligent people get this one. I am not and I did not. I think it is about people doing what they have to each day to make it through another day. Not really sure though.

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jimg2000
Apr 10, 2019

Do you think she... chose us?
-Usually, you can't choose your own parents. But then, maybe it's stronger when you choose them yourself.
What is?
- What is... The bond.
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But sometimes, it's better to choose your own family. If only not to have expectations...
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The reason they hit you... isn't because you are bad. If they say they hit you
because they love you, that is a lie. If they love you, if they really love you, this is what you do... This is what you do... (hugging her tight...)
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But won't they get mad at you?
-No different if I go back now.
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We're... connected in our hearts, not down here.
-Cut it out! Sounds fishy.
How do you think we're connected?
-Money.
Normally... But we're not normal.

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