The Third Murder

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The Third Murder
The Third Murder
Release date
23rd Mar 2018
Running time
2hrs 5mins
Director
Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast
Kôji Yakusho, Masaharu Fukuyama, Suzu Hirose, Kotaro Yoshida, Yuki Saitô

The Third Murder

15 cinema age rating brief strong violence 

Ex-convict Misumi is awaiting a trial for murder. With a guilty confession and two previous murder convictions, the case seems like it will be closed quick. But when his defence attorney, Shigemori investigates further, all is not what it seems.

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Successful attorney Shigemori (Masharu Fukuyama) takes on the defence for suspect Misumi (Kôji Yakusho), who supposedly beat a former employee to death at the food-canning factory where he used to work. Misumi openly admits to the killing, despite facing the death penalty if sentenced. With two previous murder convictions and a guilty confession, Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem slim.

Yet as he delves deeper into the case, Misumi’s motives behind the heinous crime become increasingly unclear. Misumi is interrogated over every last detail, but his ever-changing account of what happened makes the case incredibly puzzling. Is he covering someone else’s guilt or is he just playing a malicious game? Shigemori must determine the reasons to stand a chance at reducing the charge from hanging to prison.

Even when forensic examination of evidence concludes that Misumi was involved, something doesn’t feel quite right. As the case unfolds and testimonies from the victims are heard, Shigemori begins to question whether his client is the murderer after all. Shigemori must do everything he can to uncover the hidden truth of the third murder.

The Third Murder is a masterpiece from globally-acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking). A gripping murder mystery, it features an incredible line-up including Masharu Fukuyama (Like Father, Like Son) and Kôji Yakusho (13 Assassins).

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