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The Third Murder

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows) takes a fascinating left turn with this intricate murder mystery, about a defence attorney who believes that his client is the fall guy for a sinister conspiracy.

Please note that this version is in Japanese with Dutch subtitles.
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THE THIRD MURDER marks an alluring departure from the sage meditations on family life for which the Japanese maestro is known. Yet, this being Kore-eda, it comes as no surprise that the film proves to be much more than a genre exercise.

It seems clear from the first scene that Misumi robbed and killed an industrialist – Misumi freely admits as much, claiming he was desperate to settle a gambling debt. But defence attorney Shigemori isn’t entirely satisfied with his mild-mannered client’s testimony. As Shigemori and his team go about their research, secret histories are brought to light, inconsistencies surface and unlikely alliances point to a more complicated set of circumstances.

Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan, 2017, 124 min. Japanese spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa, Izumi Matsuoka.
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