The Third Murder
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda
HOME, 29 March 2018
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 Then the confession is withdrawn altogether.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.