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The Third Murder Blu-ray Review


“The Third Murder” is another winner from Kore-Eda Hirokazu.

“The Third Murder” wastes no time as it begins with a murder and a body burning. The rest of the story involves a laywer (Shigemori) and his legal team mounting a defense for Misumi who is being convicted of murdering and robbing a man and faces a potential death penalty. The majority of the runtime finds Shigemori and company looking into the case and Misumi’s past more only to discover that the Misumi may or may not be the only one involved in the murder/murder conspiracy.

The year before helming the Academy Award nominated “Shoplifters,” director Kore-Eda Hirokazu wrote and directed the twisty slow-burn legal drama “The Third Murder.” Now some viewers will undoubtedly find the work of Kore-Eda Hirokazu (“The Third Murder” included) to be slow and plodding while others will find the pacing refreshing. I definitely fall in the latter. There are plenty of slow-burn films that simply don’t work as they meander far too much, but this particular filmmaker doesn’t meander as he is always diving into the characters and themes in an engrossing fashion. This is never more evident than in “The Third Murder” which is a very psychological film about the truth, lies, the legal system, and justice. It doens’t unfold or end like you’d expect it to which makes it all the more compelling in my book. Again though, some viewers may feel underwhelmed by what Hirokazu has to say, but, to me, he has an original voice that towers above what many filmmakers are putting out these days.

The acting here is first rate. While the supporting performances are memorable it is Masaharu Fukuyama as Shigemori and Koji Yakusho as Misumi that carry the movie. Their final scene together was masterfully done (especially with Hirokazu’s clever shot).


Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? A bit fuzzy but solid.

Audio Track: Japanese 5.1 and 2.0 Surround. How does it sound? The 5.1 track sounded sharp to this reviewer.

* A 15 minute short film by director Qiu Yang about a mother and a missing daughter titled “A Gentle Night.”
* Trailers for “The Third Murder” and other Film Movement titles.
* “Messages From The Cast”- Cast members talk about what to expect from the film.
* The narrated half-hour “Making Of The Third Murder” contains film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, and more. A quality extra.

March 9, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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