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The Third Murder Rated 15

The Third Murder

Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan, 2017. 2h 5m. Japanese/subs. Starring Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa, Izumi Matsuoka, Isao Hashizume.

A mysterious and forensically constructed murder story by critically-acclaimed Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (After the Storm, Our Little Sister). The truth is called into question when an attorney takes on the defence of a murder suspect, who freely admits his guilt, but isn’t telling the whole story.

'The Japanese auteur’s striking film centres on a murder trial, and turns convention on its head to create a captivating and unknowable puzzle’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.

'Kore-eda takes the narrative ambiguities of his previous movies and pushes them to breaking point and beyond in this beguiling, disquieting courtroom drama.’ ★★★★ Kevin Maher, The Times