The Third Murder

The Third Murder

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda

Japan, 2017

HOME, 29 March 2018

The Third Murder

You cannot help but compare this intriguing crime drama with Rashomon, though it is not really in that league. (Then again, what film is?)

A brutal murder has been committed and the killer has confessed. Later, the motive for the murder is altered, because in Japanese law some motives carry a lighter sentence. Then the confession is withdrawn altogether. Further details come to light, complications proliferate.

In Rashomon, truth is uncertain, but even so it matters. Not so here; rather, truth is an irrelevance. How the accused can get the most lenient verdict, or best escape execution, that becomes the overriding objective. At stake is a man’s life. Self-preservation determines narrative, and then it is trumped by something more noble…

There is a lot to enjoy in this engrossing murder mystery.

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