Consul General Attended Shoplifters Movie Reception


On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles Akira Chiba attended a reception held at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles for the film Shoplifters (Japanese title: Manbiki Kazoku), Japan’s official entry for the Oscar Best Foreign Language film category. Prior to the reception, an AFI FEST screening of Shoplifters was held at nearby TCL Chinese Theatre before a packed audience.


At the reception, hosted by Magnolia Pictures and Gaga Corporation with support from the Consulate General of Japan, Consul General Chiba gave remarks and expressed hopes for an Oscar nomination for Shoplifters when nominees are announced on January 22.


Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival amid critical acclaim for its storytelling and delicate themes related to society and family.