Sandome no Satsujin (2017)

vt The Third Murder
Japan / 125 minutes / color / Amuse, FILM, Fuji TV, GAGA, Gyaga Dir & Scr: Hirokazu Koreeda  Pr: Kaoru Matsuzaki, Hijiri Taguchi Cine: Mikiya Takimoto Cast: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa, Izumi Matsuoka, Isao Hashizume, Hajime Inoue, Aju Makita, Yuki Saitô, Kôtarô Yoshida.

A movie that takes the form of a cross between a neonoir and a legal drama, but goes in a rather different direction to become a meditation on the nature of truth—a meditation that’s arguably especially needed in an era when we’re bombarded daily by the purveyors of “alternative facts.”

Misumi Takashi (Yakusho) murders his boss, Yamanaka Mizue (uncredited), down by the river side, beating him repeatedly over the head with a wrench, then sets the body on fire. He makes no real effort to evade arrest for the crime, and faces the death penalty.

Mikako Ichikawa as the prosecutor, Sasabara Itsuki.

By the time hotshot lawyer Shigemori (Fukuyama) is called in to conduct Misumi’s defense, Misumi has already Continue reading

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