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275 Ratings

The Third Murder

三度目の殺人 | Sando-me no satsujin

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2017
Drama, Mystery, Crime


A story between a killer and a lawyer.

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The Third Murder Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
When I watched it again, Kore-eda’s surprises seemed less like a screenwriter’s tricks than Dostoevskian revelations deepening everything that came before. Scenes that are tedious or familiar on first viewing become absorbing on the second, when you focus on small details that point to the characters’ true selves.
August 01, 2018
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The action pivots on the moral and practical differences between procedural justice and truth; despite some tense dramatic moments and some revealing views of Japan’s legal system, the movie feels plotted rather than experienced.
July 20, 2018
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This isn’t the first time that Kore-eda has hinted at the mystical. (Let’s not forget, this is a man who made an entire movie about the afterlife.) But in The Third Murder, he does it in a glancing way — leaving the questions open-ended, hanging in the air — so that what emerges is an inquiry not into the divine, but instead into the mystery of human existence.
July 20, 2018
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