The Third Murder DVD review

Truth and lies. Fact and fiction. Reality and that illusive veil of imagination. The Third Murder is a film about what we are told to be true and what we are told is lie. The murder of a husband and father by a former felon Misumi (Kôji Yakusho), is open and shut. He confirmed his guilt with a confession. The problem is that he now has a new legal team headed by Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama). Shigemori doesn’t want him to face the death penalty. He believes that life in prison serves better. When new evidence surfaces…what is truth becomes lie.

The Third Murder director Hirokazu Kore-eda (After The Storm; Like Father, Like Son) has been internationally lauded. In my opinion rightly so. This film has also equally been praised. Both rightly and wrongly however. It is very compelling. Burning so slowly to nibble at the viewer. Filled with strings of information and detail that tease. Truth becomes what is made of it. Events are complex and there exposition even more so. The themes of abuse, responsibility and comparison adds stimulus. However the film suffers because it is just too long. Paced in its mid section like an uphill climb, you cant consume everything without having to reflect on prior events but they have been passed and are out of mind and sight. This is intentional I know but it lacks subtlety and even coherence.  Kore-eda previous films are far better built. However it must be watched…



  • Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original 5.1 surround sound
  • Optional English subtitles
  • The Making of The Third Murder, a new featurette on the film s production
  • Tony Rayns on The Third Murder, a newly filmed video appraisal by the expert on Asian cinema
  • Stills gallery
  • Original trailer
  • Reverisble sleeve featuring two artwork options


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