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Hirokazu Koreeda
Manbiki kazoku
Japan 2018 / 121’
Searching Summer

In the Palme d'Or-winning Shoplifters, you can hear echoes of the most recent works by Hirokazu Kore-eda, an excellent student of the great master of Japanese cinema, Yasujirō Ozu. Always delicate and lyrical, Kore-eda's films focus on the most banal aspects of everyday life and intimate relationships, with family being the subject of most of his work. This time, the family in question is unconventional. Two sisters, the husband of one of them, their young son and the elder doyen of the family live under one roof, surviving on the grandmother's pension, odd jobs and minor scams. Their modest home was built not only of fragile walls, but also of bonds agreed to in a silent pact unsealed by the kinship. Dark secrets are its glue. The appearance of a neglected girl from the neighborhood only strengthens this peculiar family. It's also the basis for the fundamental question of whether blood ties or a different sort of relationships, those based on choice, are of more value. The conclusions that Kore-eda reaches in Shoplifters make it clear that this is one of his most accomplished works.

Katarzyna Wolanin


Cannes IFF 2018 - Palm d'Or

Hirokazu Koreeda

Hirokazu Koreeda was born in 1962 in Tokyo, where, in 1987, he graduated from Waseda University. After graduation, he joined TV Man Union, where he produced several films that captured awards at international documentary film festivals. He made his debut in 1995 with the film Maborosi, which premiered in the main competition at the Festival in Venice. 

Selected filmography

2001 Distance

2004 Nikt nie wie / Dare mo shiranai / Nobody Knows

2006 Hana yorima Naho / Hana

2008 Ciągle na chodzie / Aruitemo aruitemo / Still Walking

2009 Dmuchana lala / Kuuku Ningyo / Air Doll

2011 Życzenie / Kiseki / I Wish

2013 Jak ojciec i syn / Soshite chichi ni naru / Like Father, Like Son

2015 Nasza młodsza siostra / Umimachi diary / Our Little Sister

Cast & Crew

director Hirokazu Koreeda
screenplay Hirokazu Koreeda
cinematography Kondo Ryuto
editing Hirokazu Koreeda
music Haruomi Hosono
cast Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kairi Jō, Miyu Sasaki, Kirin Kiki
producer Matsuzaki Kaoru, Yose Akihiko, Taguchi Hijiri
production Aoi Pro, Inc.
sales Film Point Group
language Japanese
colouration colour