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SOSUKE IKEMATSU

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SHOPLIFTERS (2018)
Starring Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Akira Emoto and Kengo Kora. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.

Osamu is the head of an impoverished family of thieves and fraudsters. Three generations are cramped into a dilapidated house stuck between anonymous apartment blocks. His wife, Naboyo, works in a laundry and steals whatever she can from clothes' pockets. Young son Shota accompanies dad on shoplifting expeditions. Teenage daughter Aki works behind a mirror in a sleazy peep-show joint. Grandma is addicted to pachinko gambling machies.

Then there's Yuri. She's a neglected and frightened 4-year-old girl rescued from the street and informally adopted by the family. Everyone's happy, especially Yuri, but she's still a missing person and someone else's daughter. When authorities eventually come calling Yuri's given a disguise and a new name, but this is far from the end of the matter. Kore-eda's masterful film highlights sharp social and economic divisions in contemporary Japan while asking the question of what makes a family.

REVIEWS Shoplifters - A gorgeous drama on the families we make for ourselves

KILLING
Starring Sosuke Ikematsu, Yu Aoi, Tatsuya Nakamura, Shinya Tsukamoto and Ryusei Maeda. Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto.

REVIEWS Killing - A brief, meandering samurai tale

THE TOKYO NIGHT SKY IS ALWAYS THE DENSEST SHADE OF BLUE
Starring Shizuka Ishibashi, Sosuke Ikematsu, Ryuhei Matsuda, Mikako Ichikawa, Tetsushi Tanaka, Ryo Sato, Takahiro Miura and Yoshimi Nozaki. Directed by Yuya Ishii.

REVIEWS The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always The Densest Shade Of Blue - A film drowning in its own quirkiness

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