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


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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21 August 2000 | by (Houston TX) – See all my reviews

I think this movie is an all around tour-de-force depiction of a sociopath. All aspects of this movie are superb. The main actor gives a truly chilling and convincing portrayal of a man with no conscience, at the same time giving his character great depth and complexity. Aside from being based on true events, this cold blooded murderer is much more realistic than the clever game-playing types portrayed in such films as "Silence of the Lambs". I would highly recommend this movie to all but the squeamish.

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