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Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Fukushû suru wa ware ni ari (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 17 October 1979 (USA)
Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the run.


Shôhei Imamura


Masaru Baba (screenplay), Ryûzô Saki (novel) | 1 more credit »
21 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Ogata ... Iwao Enokizu
Rentarô Mikuni ... Shizuo Enokizu
Chôchô Miyako Chôchô Miyako ... Kayo Enokizu
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Kazuko Enokizu
Mayumi Ogawa ... Haru Asano
Nijiko Kiyokawa Nijiko Kiyokawa ... Hisano Asano
Taiji Tonoyama ... Tanejirô Shibata
Gorô Tarumi Gorô Tarumi ... Daihachi Baba
Moeko Ezawa Moeko Ezawa ... Chiyoko Hata
Kazuko Shirakawa Kazuko Shirakawa ... Sachiko Yoshizato
Furankî Sakai ... Inspector Kawai
Torahiko Hamada Torahiko Hamada ... Agent Yoshino
Yasuhisa Sonoda Yasuhisa Sonoda ... Inspector assistant Kuwata
Akira Hamada Akira Hamada ... Detective Ichikawa
Kazunaga Tsuji 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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Crime | Drama


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The most interesting movie concerning a serial killer I've ever seen. Difficult but utterly brilliant.
20 August 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Vengeance Is Mine' is one of the best movies I've watched in a long time. I know there is a growing cult surrounding Imamura ('The Pornographers'), but I'm still extremely surprised that this movie isn't better known and discussed more. For many movie fans Japanese cinema either equals Kurosawa and Ozu if you're highbrow, and Godzilla and Mothra if you aren't, but both these simplistic approaches marginalize all kinds of fascinating and exciting movies from Suzuki's 'Tokyo Drifter' and 'Branded To Kill' in the 1960s, 'Vengeance Is Mine' and Oshima's 'In The Realm Of The Senses' in the 1970s, on to such contemporary innovators as Shinya Tsukamoto ('Tetsuo'), Beat Takeshi ('Hana-bi'), Takashi Ishii ('Gonin'), and Takashi Miike ('Ichi The Killer'). 'Vengeance Is Mine' is easily the most interesting serial killer movie I've ever seen. The narrative structure can be a bit confusing at first, and that combined with Imamura's non-judgmental approach might throw some viewers for a while, but if you persevere you won't regret it. Ken Ogata gives an impressive performance and the movie as a whole is utterly brilliant. I watched it twice to try and fully appreciate it, and I would now rate it as one of the very best movies of the 1970s (my favourite movie decade). This beautiful and disturbing movie comes with my highest recommendation!

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