Unflinching, insightful look at Japanese culture

The most celebrated works of writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda reveal truths that can be painful but also poignant

Singaporeans who think they know Japan from its films and television shows will struggle to find anything they associate with the nation in the family drama Shoplifters.

The family at the centre of this drama is anything but the scrupulously honest and socially aware people seen in pop culture.

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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 'Unflinching, insightful look at Japanese culture'. Print Edition | Subscribe