The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin)

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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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Shinnosuke Mitsushima
as Kawashima Akira
Mikako Ichikawa
as Sasabara Itsuki
Miwako Ichikawa
as Sasabara Itsuki
Izumi Matsuoka
as Hattori Akiko
Isao Hashizume
as Shigemori Akihisa
Hajime Inoue
as Ono Minoru
Aju Makita
as Shigemori Yuka
Yuki Saito
as Yamanaka Mitsue
Kotaro Yoshida
as Settsu Daisuke
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  • The film showcases Kore-eda's skillful sense of characterization and ethical inquiry, asking viewers to think long and hard about the meaning of justice.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "The Third Murder" features a handful of compelling performances, but winds up tied in knots.

    Oct 12, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Murder is endlessly fascinating, as the vast crime-fiction industry would indicate, and this one is no different.

    Aug 22, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Third Murder" is an intriguing investigation into truth and the nature of justice. Those two aren't necessarily in sync.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has a quietly seductive way of finding the sublime in the mundane.

    Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Kore-eda is too polished a filmmaker for "The Third Murder" not to be of interest, but its focus is finally too fuzzy to compel the way the best of the director's work does.

    Aug 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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