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Filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, modern master behind acclaimed Japanese family dramas such as Like Father, Like Son and Our Little Sister, won the 2018 Palme d'Or at Cannes with this tale following a family of small-time crooks who take in a child they find on the streets.

Kore-eda has been nominated for the Palme d'Or four times previously for Our Little Sister, Like Father, Like Son, Nobody Knows, and Distance.



Palme d'Or, Cannes 2018

Directed by

  • Hirokazu Koreeda('After the Storm', 'Our Little Sister', 'Like Father, Like Son', 'I Wish', 'Still Walking')

Crime, Drama, World Cinema, Festival & Independent


Rating: M Sexual references and nudity

Japanese with English subtitles


Guardian (UK)


It is a movie made up of delicate brushstrokes: details, moments, looks and smiles.

Hollywood Reporter


Studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values.

IndieWire (USA)


A master of threading the needle between conflict and contrivance, Kore-eda manages to turn this drama inside out without every betraying its most resonant truth.

Telegraph (UK)


Compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart.

Variety (USA)


At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.

NZ Herald (Tom Augustine)


Where Shoplifters ultimately goes is at once unexpected and inevitable, arriving at a startling, powerful conclusion that is carried on the back of one of the strongest screen ensembles in years.

TimeOut (London)


Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda's special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.