Osamu lives with his family on the outskirts of Tokyo and apart from the occasional part-time job, he makes a living as a petty thief. When he returns home with the stolen goods, he regularly sees a little girl playing alone on a balcony in the night frost. Osamu decides to take the neglected child away from her parents and look after her. But that triggers a chain of events that reveals a surprising secret about Osamu's family. This sensitive relationship drama won a Palme d'Or at Cannes.
The Japanese director follows the tradition of Japanese cinema, characteristic for its humanism, compassion and understanding. He has made several documentaries and is well-known among audiences as well as critics thanks to his live-action debut Maborosi. His following films have also enjoyed success at festivals worldwide. His second-to-latest film Shoplifters won a Palme d'Or at Cannes.
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