Professor Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” wins Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival

Hirokazu Kore-eda, a graduate of Waseda’s Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences and professor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, received the Palme d’Or, the highest prize at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his latest film “Shoplifters.” This is the first time in 21 years in which a Japanese film has been awarded this prize (Interestingly, film director Shohei Imamura, who received the Palme d’Or 21 years ago, is also a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences).

This is the third time in which Professor Kore-eda’s film has been recognized at the Festival: Actor Yuya Nagira in “Nobody Knows (2004)” won the Best Actor Award, and “Like Father, Like Son (2013)” received the Jury Prize.

Professor Kore-eda has taught the art of filmmaking to Waseda students since April 2014.

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