Milos Stehlik Discusses Cultural Controversy of Award-winning Japanese Film “Shoplifters”

Director Hirokazu Koreeda poses upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Director Hirokazu Koreeda poses upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision / AP
Director Hirokazu Koreeda poses upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Director Hirokazu Koreeda poses upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote' and the closing ceremony of the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision / AP

Milos Stehlik Discusses Cultural Controversy of Award-winning Japanese Film “Shoplifters”

Shoplifters the film by Japanese filmmaker, Hirokazu Koreeda, won international acclaim, as well as the 2018 Palme d’Or, the Grand Prize of the Cannes Film Festival. But the film was not well-received in his home country. Upon Koreeda’s return from Cannes, he was denied funding by the Japanese government, accused of causing the country shame over airing Japan’s cultural dirty laundry. WBEZ film contributor and Facets Chicago founder, Milos Stehlik, joins Worldview to review the controversial Shoplifters, now showing in theaters.