At the 71st Cannes International Film Festival, “Shoplifters,” directed by KOREEDA Hirokazu, won the illustrious Palme d’Or prize.
The movie portrays a family living in a run-down district of Tokyo whose members survive by habitually shoplifting.
The father and mother have tough jobs, but they need the income from shoplifting and the grandmother’s pension to cover their living costs.
Though their family ties seem to be based on money, they are a poor but loving and close-knit unit.
However, it becomes apparent later that a member of the family is not actually a blood relation.
Currently the world is faced with the issue of refugees, with individuals and nations agonizing over the question of whether or not they should take them in.
In June, American President TRUMP was heavily criticized when he announced a policy of separating children from parents who had illegally crossed the border into the States.
In Japan, when the East Japan Great Earthquake occurred in March, 2011, the bonds between people played a great role in the reconstruction effort.
A family is the smallest group that is bonded together, however, as the size of the group expands, from region, to company, to nation, the bonds between that group weaken.
Nevertheless, in every group members look out for one another as long as this satisfies our own selfish human desires to protect our own interests.
While focusing on the family, “Shoplifters” raises questions about what human bonds, blood relations, money, or social obligations, really are.
dai nanajyuuikkai kannnu kokusai eigasai
the seventy-first Cannes International Film Festival
mannbaiki kazoku ga,
saikou shou no
Palme d’Or prize
a run-down district
(whose members) survive
(they need the income from their) living (costs) to cover
kazoku no kizuna ha
(their) family ties
to be based on
(they are a) poor
tsuyoi kizuna de musubareteimasu.
(a member of the) family
chino tsunagari ha nai kotoga
is not actually a blood relation
(the) issue of refugees
is faced with
take (them) in
ka ina ka
whether or not
over (the question of)
fuhou taizai shite
(who) had illegally crossed (the border)
(a) policy (of)
(he) announced when
two thousand eleven [year]
the East Japan Great Earthquake
(between people the) bonds
(the) reconstruction effort
(that) is bonded together
the smallest group
ookina waku ni
(the) size of (the) group
(the bonds between that group) weaken
(our own) selfish
sorezoreno guru-pu ni shozoku suru hitotachi ha
(in) every group members
for one another
jibunn tachi no
mamorou to shiteimasu.
to protect look out