Early in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s astonishing Shoplifters, a man and a boy walk along a Tokyo street. It’s nighttime and it’s cold. They come upon a little girl, maybe 5 years old, who sits alone, shivering and hungry. They want to take her to her home, which is just behind her, but from that place they hear a man and woman arguing, along with the sounds of the man beating the woman and both yelling about how neither of them wants this child. So, the man and boy take the girl to their home. Grandma feeds her and attends to the bruises on her arms and legs. She becomes part of their large and unruly household.