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The Third Murder - Cherry Blossom Film Fest

North Park Theatre
Event organized by North Park Theatre

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New York State Premiere!!!

Join us for one of the best Japanese dramas of the year, screening in partnership with the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival. 🌸

In this tense Japanese noir, a surprising case forces a defense attorney to question everything he knows.

Get tickets at the door or online HERE: https://bit.ly/2GtWqYX

“Many cuts above the standard mystery in terms of the direction, acting, and technical work… it has the same clarity of thought and precision of image as his very best work.”
– Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“This film noir shows Hirokazu Kore-eda ready to tackle new challenges while preserving many of his favorite themes of the past… Kore-eda [is] an auteur in the full sense of the word.”
– Dan Fainaru, Screen

“The Third Murder is a captivating puzzle.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

WORLD PREMIERE – Venice International Film Festival
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE – Toronto International Film Festival

Leading defense attorney Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama, Like Father Like Son) takes on the case of murder-robbery suspect Misumi (Koji Yakusho, 13 Assassins, Oh Lucy!, Tokyo Sonata), who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low – his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted.

But as he digs deeper into the case, and hears the testimonies of the victim’s family (Suzu Hirose, Our Little Sister) and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to question whether his client is the murderer after all, as well as his own faith in the law itself.