The Third Murder

  • 10 Aug 2018
  • 15 Aug 2018
  • Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Third Murder

Premiere Engagement: August 10 – 15, 2018


Brattle Theatre

40 Brattle St in Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA 02138

Leading attorney Shigemori (Fukuyama) takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (the great character actor Kôji Yakusho) 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. Though his bread-and-butter is deeply-felt family drama (Still Walking, After the Storm), Japan’s acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda here dips his toe into genre cinema with a courtroom procedural that verges on mystery – but remains rooted in the emotionally compelling stories that he is known for.

2017, dir Hirokazu Kore-eda w/Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa [124 min; DCP]

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