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The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Third Murder makes satisfying work of its weighty themes, even if it doesn't quite stand with writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda's best efforts.

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Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim's family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

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For Kore-eda, an essential truth about life lies in the accumulation of unexplainable incidents and facts.

July 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The film essentially disintegrates before your eyes, with Koreeda displaying little of the quiet elegance he's built his entire career upon.

July 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The back and forths between accused and lawyer are among the movie's most enthralling scenes, largely because the soft-featured Mr. Yakusho - lips lightly curling - can make a nice smile seem positively terrifying.

July 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The film's fourth murder involves the slow asphyxiation of the viewer's patience.

July 18, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Compelling enough while you're watching it, frustrating then forgettable once it ends, this is a work that wouldn't command much attention if it came from any other director.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

It will likely fall through the cracks a bit between After the Storm and Shoplifters, but it's worth the time for fans of Kore-eda.

September 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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