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The Third Murder(三度目の殺人)

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Japan · 2017
Rated R · 2h 4m
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda
Starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery

Lawyer Shigemori is tasked with defending Misumi in a murder-robbery trial. Misumi has previous convictions and has confessed to the crime, despite facing the death penalty, but Shigemori digs into the evidence, he begins to question his client’s guilt—as well as his own faith in the law.

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Paste Magazine by Andrew Crump

The Third Murder may not be Kore-eda’s best work, but the film proves a satisfying challenge, a complex exploration of sin and righteousness in an amoral world.


Slant Magazine by Chuck Bowen

In The Third Murder, as in his other films, Hirokazu Kore-eda informs tragedy with a distinctive kind of qualified humor that's realistic of how people process atrocity.


Screen International by Dan Fainaru

Kore-Eda, writer, director and editor, an auteur in the full sense of the word, tunes his approach to the genre, but only up to a certain point.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

A harsh and largely unwelcome change of pace from Japan’s greatest living humanist filmmaker, The Third Murder finds Hirokazu Kore-eda abandoning the warmth of his recent family dramas (“Still Walking,” “After the Storm”) in favor of an ice-cold legal thriller that pedagogically dismantles the death penalty.


The Hollywood Reporter by Deborah Young

Though different in feeling from the Japanese writer-director's perceptive family tales like After the Storm, it has the same clarity of thought and precision of image as his very best work.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

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. Coming from this one, it mostly intrigues as an unexpected if not terribly rewarding change of pace.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Kore-eda has unquestionably added a new, intriguing angle to his meditation on family life in contemporary Japan.

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