Oscars: Japan Selects Palme D'Or Winner 'Shoplifters' for Foreign-Language Category

Hirokazu Kore-eda's tale of a dysfunctional family of petty criminals won the top prize at Cannes this year and became the director's biggest box-office hit.

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.