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Communal Complicity: Family and Fairness in Hirokazu Koreeda's 'Shoplifters' and 'The Blind Murder'

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In these two films, beloved Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda returns once again to his favoured themes of family and the ties that bind in a complicated, sometimes-cutthroat world. While wildly different in narrative and style, The Third Murder and the Palme d'Or–winning Shoplifters share a preoccupation with society's interventions on social responsibility – particularly in the guise of the judicial process, writes Anthony Carew.

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Asian cinema, Japan, makeshift family, found family, social realism, welfare, pension, class, Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki, crime, thriller, whodunnit, justice, legal system, scam, loophole.

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