classified 15 S

Of Flesh & Blood: The Cinema of Hirokazu Kore-eda


Please note: This was screened in May 2019

Hirokazu Koreeda
Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki
120 mins, Subtitled, 2018, Japan
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"A perfect companion to Nobody Knows, the two make a truly brilliant true-story tear-jerker of a double bill."
Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d'Or-winning masterpiece examines the forces holding an impoverished family together on the outskirts of Tokyo. A brilliant and audacious film, this study of family trauma and fear of poverty is one of Kore-eda’s very best.

Osamu (Lily Franky), his wife Nobuyu (Sakura Ando) and grandma Hatsue (Kirin Kiki) head the Shibatas, a low-income family struggling away in a tiny corner of Tokyo. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son meet a little girl foraging for scraps in the freezing cold, and decide to take her in. She's initially regarded as yet another unwelcome mouth to feed, but the scars on her body convince everyone to secretly adopt her - until an unforeseen incident begins to test their bond...

Kore-eda shines a spotlight on the struggling classes in Japan (where shoplifting is rare and particularly shameful) with his usual delicacy, insight, compassion and humour. A triumph of subtlety over spectacle, it will steal your heart - and, ultimately, ask you to reflect on where you belong - and what belongs to you...

Double Bill Offer - Buy a ticket for both Nobody Knows (13:30) and Shoplifters (16:30) on Sun 12 May and get £2.00 off. (£16.00 full / £11.00 concession / £8.00 aged 24 or under)