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Shoplifters - Manbiki Kazoku

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX, 77005 United States (map)

At long last, the winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or - Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazuko) - will be making its Houston debut.

JASH is honored to support The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) as they present the highly acclaimed film in six (6) screenings from January 31 through February 7.

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s most recent masterpiece unveils a compassionate and complicated story of a Japanese family that subsidizes its working-class existence with petty thefts.

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Lily Franky) and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant, Osamu’s wife agrees to help after learning of the hardships the girl has faced. Although the family makes barely enough money to survive, they stay happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets. 

Shoplifters—which has been nominated for the 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film—has garnered nearly unanimous rave reviews. 

“Steals in and snatches your heart.” —The Telegraph

“A work of such emotional delicacy, you’re barely prepared when it knocks you sideways.” —Los Angeles Times

A masterpiece.” —Wall Street Journal

My favorite movie of the year so far.” —filmmaker Ava Duvernay

Listen to a Film Comment podcast on “families on film.”

Read an interview with director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

  • Director - Hirokazu Kore-eda

  • Released - 2018

  • Country - Japan

  • Language - Japanese with English subtitles

  • Running Time - 120 minutes

  • Website -


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Earlier Event: January 25
Japan Update Houston Conference 2019