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Cinema: Shoplifters


In cinemas now: Shoplifters
Director: Koreeda Hirokazu
Country: Japan
Year: 2018
Length: 121 mins
Distrubution: GAGA International

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them…

Synopsis taken from


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Shibata Aki Mayu Matsuoka

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