THE THIRD MURDER
HIROKAZU KORE-EDA | JAPAN | JAPANESE (w/ English subtitles) | 2017 | 124 MIN | NR
Known for quiet, heartrending family dramas such as OUR LITTLE SISTER and AFTER THE STORM, Japanese master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’or for Shoplifters) takes an inspired left turn with legal thriller THE THIRD MURDER. After ex-con Misumi (Masaharu Fukuyama) confesses to killing his boss, hotshot defense attorney Shigemori (Kôji Yakusho) is determined only to spare his client from the death penalty. But as he delves deeper into the case, Shigemori uncovers new details that cast serious doubt on Misumi’s version of events. Kore-eda lends his usual gift for probing his characters’ complex inner lives to this courtroom drama, making THE THIRD MURDER a subtle and perceptive exploration on crime, class, and the nature of truth.
Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose, Kôtarô Yoshida
“A complex and engrossing examination of truth.” -The Hollywood Reporter