Shoplifters

Shoplifters

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.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Magnolia Home Entertainment, [2019]
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE DVD SHOPLIFTER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Language Note: In Japanese with English subtitles; closed-captioned

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 26, 2020

Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama that follows a mismatched family of crooks who' lives are completely changed when they find a little girl who sparks a new perspective on their lives. I honestly really enjoyed this movie. The concept of a bunch of misfits and thieves with a caring family dynamic was really intriguing for me. The acting was great and I was very invested in each character's storylines. The open ending was a great choice and I felt it was fitting to leave the interpretation up to the viewer. Overall, a very well developed film and would watch again. 5 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Urbano
Aug 29, 2020

Funny, sad and heartwarming. This one stayed with me for days after viewing.

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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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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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