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Vengeance Is Mine (Criterion Collection) (1979)

Cast: Ken Ogata, Ken Ogata, Rentaro Mikuni, more...
Director: Shohei Imamura, Shohei Imamura
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Suspense/Thriller, Japan, Crime, Cops, Manhunt, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 140 min.
Languages: Japanese
Subtitles: English
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A gut-wrenching, violent psychological crime drama from start to finish, this award-winning film by noted Japanese director Shohei Imamura is based on a true story. Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is a murderous sociopath who kills two money lenders in a gory opening scene. Then flashbacks are interspersed with Enokizu's flight across Japan as his miserable childhood and the development of his malevolent, anti-social behavior are portrayed. Vicious and sexually aggressive, Enokizu's rage simmers during an earlier stay in prison as he imagines his wife is bedding down his father. Once on the run from the police, his aberrant sexual life and violent nature are further revealed in a series of gripping events. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

no joke by Popnfresh April 1, 2008 - 11:26 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This movie is no thriller. It's a character study about a serial killer. All the police work is finished in the first few minutes and the rest of the story is told in non-linear flashbacks that track the killer's thoughts about his pasts and his crimes.

If you're looking for a thriller, you'll be disappointed. Instead, sit back and enjoy a brilliant performance by Ken Ogata, who absolutely owns this film with a compelling and *almost* sympathetic performance. Be warned that nearly every character in the film might disturb you with their behavior (Ogata is the only overt criminal, but nearly everyone is immoral). The physical violence is under-emphasized, but the emotional violence is under-scored.

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(Average 7.65)
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