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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.

Director:

Shôhei Imamura

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Masaru Baba (screenplay), Ryûzô Saki (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Ogata Ken Ogata ... Iwao Enokizu
Rentarô Mikuni Rentarô Mikuni ... Shizuo Enokizu
Chôchô Miyako Chôchô Miyako ... Kayo Enokizu
Mitsuko Baishô Mitsuko Baishô ... Kazuko Enokizu
Mayumi Ogawa 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
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

17 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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Beppu, Kyushu, Japan See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Shizuo Enokizu: You can only kill those who never harmed you.
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Personifies everything that is amazing about Japanese cinema
2 January 2005 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Immamura Shohei, one of Japan's best directors, does not put a foot wrong in VENGEANCE IS MINE, one of the best films ever made.

This is a searing, raw, uncompromising study of a disturbed, callous, opportunistic killer, husband and son.

The film, running just over two hours, takes an almost doco-style approach to the crimes of its protagonist (played with chilling conviction by Ken Ogata) and takes great pains to examine the impact his behavior had on his mother, father and wife.

A flashback, which goes some way towards explaining how Ogata developed such a disdain for authority, is a masterstroke of cinematic brevity.

Although Immamura is known mostly for such brilliant work as THE PORNOGRAPHERS, BLACK RAIN and the excellent THE EEL, this is surely his crowning achievement, a film so rich and involving that it personifies everything that is so amazing about Japanese cinema, truly a cinema of the soul.


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