Manbiki kazoku




Shoplifting Family
Manbiki kazoku is a Japanese feature film about an unconventional family from the Japanese precariat. It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2018 and subsequently numerous other prizes.

Movie Data

Title: Shoplifters
Original title: 万引き家族 Manbiki kazoku (Shoplifting Family)
Published: 2018
Length: 122 minutes

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Script: Hirokazu Koreeda
Music: Haruomi Hosono

Kirin Kiki: Hatsue Shibata
Lily Franky: Osamu Shibata
Sakura Andō: Nobuyo Shibata
Mayu Matsuoka: Aki Shibata
Jyo Kairi: Shota Shibata
Miyu Sasaki: Yuri
Sōsuke Ikematsu: 4 ban-san
Chizuru Ikewaki: Kie Miyabe


A poor blended family lives in a confined space in the metropolis of Tokyo. Osamu has odd jobs in construction, his wife Nobuyo works in a dry cleaner, Aki earns her first living as an animation girl, and the elderly Hatsue, the owner of the tiny house, is on a widow's pension. The family covers part of their daily needs by shoplifting, which Osamu usually does with the help of Shota, who is around 10 years old. On a particularly cold winter night, the two also bring 5-year-old Yuri home with them, who apparently is regularly locked out on the balcony by her parents. She quickly gets used to her new family and experiences affection and love. Shota involves her in the shoplifting and, at Osamu's request, soon recognizes her as his "sister". When the police are finally looking for her, they cut her hair and give her a new name, Lin. ...
Aki and Yuri try to escape, but are arrested by the police. In one-on-one interviews, detectives and psychologists now get to the bottom of the family's history. What was already becoming clear before, is now fully uncovered: The members of the small "family" are in reality apparently not related to one another or only to a large extent. ...
"What is a family?" is the unspoken central question that accompanies the viewer through the film.
Critics complain that shoplifters is “slightly socially romantic” by creating the illusion that “it is more warm and humorous on the fringes of society than in the middle”.