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Vengeance is Mine (1979)
"Fukushû suru wa ware ni ari" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 October 1979 (USA)
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Ogata ...
Iwao Enokizu
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Shizuo Enokizu
Chôchô Miyako ...
Kayo Enokizu
Mitsuko Baishô ...
Kazuko Enokizu
Mayumi Ogawa ...
Haru Asano
Nijiko Kiyokawa ...
Hisano Asano
Taiji Tonoyama ...
Tanejirô Shibata
Gorô Tarumi ...
Daihachi Baba
Moeko Ezawa ...
Chiyoko Hata
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Sachiko Yoshizato
Furankî Sakai ...
Inspector Kawai
Torahiko Hamada ...
Agent Yoshino
Yasuhisa Sonoda ...
Inspector assistant Kuwata
Akira Hamada ...
Detective Ichikawa
Kazunaga Tsuji ...
Detective Kuchiishi
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Iwao Enokizu is a middle-aged man who has an unexplainable urge to commit insane and violent murders. Eventually he is chased by the police all over Japan, but somehow he always manages to escape. He meets a woman who runs a brothel. They love each other but how long can they be together? Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Vintage Imamura
28 September 1999 | by (austin) – See all my reviews

Far from a film that explores the "whydunit?" of a ruthless but charming murderer, Vengeance of Mine bristles with all the energies Imamura believes the real Japanese possess. These people are in lower social positions and just trying to survive the brutality of day-to-day struggles. In their energy, courage, and perseverance to survive, Vengeance of Mine becomes beautiful and captivating to watch.

Admittedly, it is quite difficult to understand such stereotypes as murderer, tempted Catholic, prostitute, pimp/hotel owners, and delivery men as eccentric individuals in the space of two hours. But oddly enough, I feel a strange sense of familiarity in the hustle and bustle of these characters in the story. They may live their lives teetering on what is considered socially acceptable or healthful, but Imamura presents them with such respect and curiosity (of an anthropologist?!) - that I cannot resist feeling their robust lives leaping off the screen. In this way their seemingly bizzare and extreme behavior are very convincing, very real, and very touching.

Highly recommended for the challenging story (flashbacks, vignettes, illogical twists and turns of story and visual), quirky pace, idyllic country scenes, and the wonderful performance of Ken Ogata.


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