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 his family. This sensitive relationship drama won a Palme d'Or at Cannes.
The films of the today's best-known Japanese director are characteristic for their humanism, compassion and understanding. His films have enjoyed success at festivals worldwide. In addition to the Palme d'Or, his penultimate film Shoplifters also won him a Caesar and an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA nominations.
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