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Japan has selected Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku) by Hirokazu Kore-eda as its submission for Oscar consideration in the best foreign-language film category.
The film about a oddball family of small-time crooks — which shined a light on Japan’s underclass that was not appreciated by everyone — won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for Kore-eda, who also wrote the screenplay. The pic stars Sakura Ando and Kore’eda regulars Lily Franky and Kiki Kirin.
Shoplifters is the second film by Kore-eda to be selected as Japan’s Oscar submission, after Nobody Knows in 2004.
Shoplifters has become Kore-eda’s biggest box-office hit in Japan, taking in around $40 million, as well as becoming the biggest Japanese live-action film in China, earning more than $14 million. It was co-produced by Fuji TV, Gaga and Aoi Pro. Gaga also distributed the film and handled international sales along with Wild Bunch.
Shoplifters is set for a U.S. release on Nov. 23 by Magnolia.
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