Koreeda's "Shoplifters" Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

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Cannes, France, May 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's "Manbiki Kazoku" (Shoplifters), a feature film that portrays human ties of an impoverished family in Tokyo, won the Palme d'Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

The motion picture is the fifth Japanese recipient of the best award at Cannes and the first since the late Shohei Imamura's "Unagi" (the eel), which was recognized in 1997.

Koreeda has established a presence at Cannes. Yuya Yagura, then 14, received the Award for Best Actor in "Daremo Shiranai" (Nobody Knows) in 2004 and "Soshite Chichi ni Naru" (Like Father, Like Son) won Jury Prize in 2013.

Shoplifters raises questions about what human connections should be through a "family" in an old town in Tokyo linked by petty crime and sheds light on poverty and other problems in modern Japan.

Actor Lily Franky and actress Sakura Ando played the roles of parents, while actresses Kirin Kiki and Mayu Matsuoka also took part in the film.

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