Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters puts family ties under the lens

Japanese writer and director Hirokazu Kore-eda again examines how stresses affect the family in his latest film, Shoplifters

Watching the Japanese family drama Shoplifters, one might be forgiven for thinking that the group at the centre of the film are members of the nation's lowest strata.

Three generations live in a house that is too small and run-down. They have to steal to make ends meet. The teen girl works at a peep show and everyone relies on grandmother's small pension. The father and mother figures struggle to keep their day-labourer jobs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2018, with the headline 'Family ties come under the lens'. Print Edition | Subscribe