Critically acclaimed “Shoplifters” has been massively lauded by movie evaluators worldwide this year.
A Japanese drama created by Hirokazu Kore-eda, it bagged the highest prize for a movie, the Palm d’Or, at the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival in May 2018.
This year, Japan has submitted “Shoplifters” as its foreign language film entry to the 2019 Academy Awards.
It is facing stiff competition against Mexico’s “Roma” by Oscar-winning director, Alfonso Cuarón.
At the 42nd Japan Academy Prize, also known as the Japan Academy Awards, “Shoplifters” is in the lead against other foreign-language films with 13 nominations.
The foreign-language Academy Award contestant is nominated for best director, picture, actor, actress, screenplay, supporting actress, and music.
In addition, “Shoplifters” is vying for the cinematography, sound, editing, production design, and lighting accolades which it may receive on the event to be held on March 1 in Tokyo.
At the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival held early this year, “Shoplifters” was awarded the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique (FIPRESCI).
This is also known as the International Federation of Film Critics prize. Moreover, Kore-eda’s work is nominated for almost 50 accolades worldwide.
Among them are in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Awards, the National Board of Review Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards.
“Shoplifters” is also among the most anticipated films at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox where the most interesting foreign and independent movies are often presented.
Kore-eda’s film centers on the impoverished life of a couple, Osamu and Nobuyo, who lives with a female elderly named Hatsue, a young boy named Shota, and Hatsue’s grand-daughter named Aki.
The Japanese family occupies an uncomfortable home, surviving through Hatsue’s pension and Osamu and Shota stealing from local shops.
In the film, the robbery tandem finds a young lady named Yuri who was locked out of her house and who they discovered was a victim of abuse.
The highest prize recipient at the Cannes, “Shoplifters” presents a family relationship that is unimaginably complex yet the social group maintains a solid bond.
The Asian family members stay intact regardless of the challenges that beset them like when Hatsue becomes weaker due to her advanced age, Osamu gets injured while working, and Nobuyo loses her job.
No matter how hard their lives get in the film, they remain together as a cohesive unit.