Shoplifters [Manbiki kazoku] (2019) – POSTPONED

May 27, 2020 @ 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Centenary Centre
Atholl St
Peel IM5 1BD
Isle of Man
Shoplifters [Manbiki kazoku] (2019) - POSTPONED @ Centenary Centre | Peel | Isle of Man


Runtime: 2hr 1min || Cert: 15
Crime, Drama, Foreign Language

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Palme d’Or – 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Best Film – 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Best Film – 2019 Awards of the Japanese Academy
Best Picture – 2019 Asian Film Critics Association Awards
Best Film – 2019 Awards of the Japanese Academy
plus another 41 award wins & 87 nominations.

Shoplifters, winner of the 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or, is a must-see film by Japanese master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. Kore-eda is well known for his mastery of telling unique, heartbreaking stories that examine the subject of the family and the complex ways that they can be reconstructed. Shoplifters is an enchanting and devasting masterpiece, blurring the divide between the unforgivable and understandable.

Osamu (Lily Franky), Nobuyo (Sakura Ando), Aki (Mayu Matsuoka), and Shota (Jyo Kairi) all live under the roof of grandma Hatsue (Kirin Kiki), living off her pension and the menial labor jobs Osamu and Nobuyo hold down. To make ends meet, the family shoplifts nearly all of their food, with young Shota and patriarch Osamu bringing home most of the ill-begotten bacon. One night they spot a young girl (Miyu Sasaki), alone outside. It’s not the first time they’ve seen her there and she shows clear signs of abuse. Fearing for her safety in the cold, they take her home with them and informally adopt her.

So begins a year in the life of a highly dysfunctional family living on the poverty line in Tokyo. As Kore-eda delicately lulls the viewer with each scene he leaves subtle and disquieting clues about each character’s past, revealing to us that nothing about this unconventional family is as it seems.

“Every scene adds another onion-skinlike layer, adding density and mass so slowly that you hardly notice the emotional weight of it all until it is suddenly overwhelming.” – Emily Yoshida, Vulture

“The spirits of the old masters pervade this disquieting but deeply moving drama. But Kore-eda stands alone as the chronicler of family life in a country facing an identity crisis.” – David Parkinson, Empire

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Peel Centenary Centre

Athol Street
Isle of Man