Vengeance Is Mine
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Based on the true story, 'Vengeance is Mine' is the story of Iwao Enokizu and his murderous rampage which sparked a 78-day nationwide manhunt. Enokizu is a day-laborer and smalltime con-artist who, after killing two of his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 17, 1979
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II. Iwao Enokizu isn't waiting for God to make things right when only everything is wrong.

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Eric Melin

The title sounds more like a violent soap opera than a serious challenge to contemporary culture, but that's exactly what it is. Imamura injects an air of inevitability into Enokizu's spree, and projects his own commentary into the situation.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Gripping and haunting, it's a strikingly timeless film.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

In a way, if we're tracking influences, Imamura probably had a little impact on the Coen Brothers' misanthropic masterpieces.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

as messy as murder itself, Vengeance is Mine maps out the darker corners of a nation in transition and unwilling to confront its past directly.

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Jeremy Heilman

Quite literally, Imamura has created here a protagonist that's impossible to put easily to rest, and the ramifications of his examination reflect upon us all by showing how much we're willing to ignore to achieve piece of mind.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Although the film doesn't feel as groundbreaking now as it likely once had, Ogata's nuanced performance shouldn't be missed.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

In Vengeance Is Mine, Imamura seeks to demarcate a position outside of all of the conventional Japanese identity, and so his viewpoint, like Enokizu, evades capture.

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Saskia D.
It is based on a true story, but somehow it just didn't make any sense. It doesn't attempt to give any answers or insight into the killers motives and… More
Stella Dallas
powerful character study of a sociopath. ken ogata gives a great performance as conman iwao enokizu, a womanizing, haiku spouting serial killer, whose strange… More
danny d
one of the most disturbing and highly effective films that i have ever seen. ken ogata is masterful as one of the most notorious serial killers in japanese… More
Stephen M
An immensely powerful and relentlessly depressing Japanese study of a serial killer. What makes the film so distinctive - and so disturbing - is Imamura's… More
El Hombre Invisible
Imamura's timeless film is a profile of a vicious sociopath which digs into the soul of (or lack thereof) its' central character and post-war Japan.… More
Sarah Gaish
Based on true events, the film chronicles the murderous rampage of one Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) who, over the course of a 78-day crime spree, habitually killed… More