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The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin)2018

The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Third Murder makes satisfying work of its weighty themes, even if it doesn't quite stand with writer-director Hirokazu Koreeda's best efforts.

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Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori's chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim's family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

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Mikako Ichikawa
as Sasabara Itsuki
Miwako Ichikawa
as Sasabara Itsuki
Izumi Matsuoka
as Hattori Akiko
Shinnosuke Mitsushima
as Kawashima Akira
Isao Hashizume
as Shigemori Akihisa
Hajime Inoue
as Ono Minoru
Aju Makita
as Shigemori Yuka
Yuki Saito
as Yamanaka Mitsue
Kotaro Yoshida
as Settsu Daisuke
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Critic Reviews for The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin)

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (22)

The film showcases Kore-eda's skillful sense of characterization and ethical inquiry, asking viewers to think long and hard about the meaning of justice.

January 17, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Third Murder" features a handful of compelling performances, but winds up tied in knots.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Murder is endlessly fascinating, as the vast crime-fiction industry would indicate, and this one is no different.

August 22, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The Third Murder is at its best in its understated moments... [are] about rehabilitation and the death penalty. That's why the piano score by Ludovico Einaudi never quite meshes, sometimes teetering over the line into melodramatic.

August 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"The Third Murder" is an intriguing investigation into truth and the nature of justice. Those two aren't necessarily in sync.

August 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has a quietly seductive way of finding the sublime in the mundane.

August 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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