Shohei Imamura

Vengeance Is Mine

Vengeance Is Mine

A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family—into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, Vengeance Is Mine bares humanity’s snarling id.

Film Info

  • Shohei Imamura
  • Japan
  • 1979
  • 140 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine #384

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • Excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • Trailer and teaser
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by filmmaker Toichi Nakata, and writings by Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to directing

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • Restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • Excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • Trailer and teaser
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by filmmaker Toichi Nakata, and writings by Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to directing

New cover by Eric Skillman

Vengeance Is Mine
Cast
Ken Ogata
Iwao Enokizu
Mayumi Ogawa
Haru Asano
Mitsuko Baisho
Kazuko Enokizu
Frankie Sakai
Captain Kawai
Kazuo Kitamura
Shigemi Ideike
Chocho Miyako
Kayo Enokizu
Nijiko Kiyokawa
Hisano Asano
Rentaro Mikuni
Shizuo Enokizu
Credits
Director
Shohei Imamura
Producer
Kazuo Inoue
Based on the novel by
Ryuzo Saki
Screenplay
Masaru Baba
Photography
Shinsaku Himeda
Music
Shinichiro Ikebe

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