Japanese Film Festival | Satellite

The Third Murder


Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Year: 2017

Length: 124 minutes

Classification rating: Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult

Screens in: Sydney and Melbourne


Can a criminal lawyer find a singular truth within different people’s truths?

Screened as part of the JFF 2018.

The Third Murder is Cannes award-winning filmmaker Kore-eda’s first foray into the crime genre. The result is a subtle yet powerfully moving psychological thriller which follows Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama, Like Father Like Son), a lawyer struggling to find the truth in a deceptively straightforward murder-robbery case.

Shigemori is summoned to represent Misumi (Koji Yakusho, The Blood of Wolves) in a losing case. Misumi, a repeat offender, readily admits his guilt but is tight-lipped about anything else. Convinced that the truth lies deeper into the case, Shigemori gathers testimonies from more people. As he unearths different versions of the truth, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt his own judgement and questions his faith in the law.

Internationally acclaimed Kore-eda directs powerful performances by Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho, and Suzu Hirose (Rage, My Little Sister). The film was nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 2017 and went on to sweep awards at the Japanese Academy Awards 2018, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director.

74th Venice International Film Festival – Main Competition

The Third Murder is an atmospheric courtroom drama with Kore-eda’s unmistakable humanistic style. Keeping with his trademark gentle pacing, Kore-eda expertly lays a new layer of complexity with every scene to reveal that what starts out as one man’s struggle is a larger problem that plagues society.
Audience warning: Contains moderate themes.


Event Cinemas George Street, Sydney


ACMI, Melbourne

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Screenplay: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Producer: Kaoru Matsuzaki and Hijiri Taguchi

Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho and Suzu Hirose

Format: DCP colour