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

 -  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 ...
Tanejiro Shibata
Gorô Tarumi ...
Daihachi Baba
Moeko Ezawa ...
Chiyoko Hata
Kazuko Shirakawa ...
Sachiko Yoshizato
Frankie Sakai ...
Kawai Keibu
Torahiko Hamada ...
Yoshino Chôsakan
Yasuhisa Sonoda ...
Kuwata Keibuho
Akira Hamada ...
Ichikawa Keiji
Kazunaga Tsuji ...
Kuchiishi Keiji
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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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Shizuo Enokizu: You can only kill those who never harmed you.
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Another dark vision from Imamura
22 May 2003 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

This dark masterpiece pushes to the limits of my toleration for violence and sex. We get to watch the "how", "when", "where" of the story of the murderous sociopath (brilliantly portrayed by Ken Ogata) but are denied any convincing "why" by Imamura. This film seemed to have echoes of Poe -- another master at combining humor with the horrific and macabre. When it comes to cinema, though, there is no other master anything like Imamura.

No aspect of this film (acting, cinematography, script) is less than impressive. A recent 2 DVD set from Panorama (a Hong Kong company) provides English subtitles and is technically adequate (albeit far from superlative).


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