Despite the unavoidable struggles of anthology films, Kwaidan more than makes up for it with visual artistry. The hand-painted, impressionistic backdrops are worth seeing the film for alone. They capture the folkloric essence that presides over all of Kwaidan so perfectly whilst never distracting you away from story or characters.
Shoplifters recently won the Palme d'Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and I'm glad to say it lives up to the praise. It's a smart, expertly judged film with the potential to make you both laugh and cry thanks to its naturalistic performances and the undiluted honesty of its story.