Shoplifters director exposes Japan's dark side

Hirokazu Kore-eda's (above) Shoplifters, which stars Lily Franky and Jyo Kairi, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Hirokazu Kore-eda's (above) Shoplifters, which stars Lily Franky and Jyo Kairi, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters, which stars Lily Franky (far left) and Jyo Kairi, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Hirokazu Kore-eda's Shoplifters, which stars Lily Franky (far left) and Jyo Kairi, has received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.PHOTO: MAGNOLIA PICTURES

TOKYO • As befits a director whose movies chart the untidiness of Japanese family life, the office of Hirokazu Kore-eda is cluttered with piles of papers, books, photographs, videocassettes and CDs.

But it is the dozens of Frankenstein dolls perched around the room that really capture his emotional point of view.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2019, with the headline 'Shoplifters director exposes Japan's dark side'. Print Edition | Subscribe