The Third Murder

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  • Japan
  • 2hrs 5mins
  • 2017

Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda turns his lens towards the legal world in this compelling crime drama. The film revolves around a top lawyer who is tasked with taking on the case of a charged killer who has previously served a lengthy sentence for a double murder. The case seems straightforward, but as he unravels the evidence and facts, it emerges there is a great deal more to it than was initially apparent. The twisty, multi-layered film toys with its audience to impressive effect.

JAPANESE AUTEUR KORE-EDA CHANGES GENRE WITH WHAT SEEMS LIKE A SIMPLE COURTROOM DRAMA, BUT BECOMES A RICH AND LAYERED EXAMINATION OF TRUTH.

Gráinne Humphreys, Festival Director

Masaharu Fukuyama
Kôji Yakusho
Isao Hashizume

Nominated for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival 2017