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960 Ratings

Vengeance Is Mine

Fukushû suruwa wareniari

Directed by Shôhei Imamura
Japan, 1979
Crime, Drama


A thief, murderer, and charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story, of his seventy-eight-day killing spree into a cold, perverse, and diabolically funny tale of the primitive coexisting with the modern.

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Vengeance Is Mine Directed by Shôhei Imamura

Awards & Festivals

Kinema Junpo Awards

1980 | 5 wins including: Best Film

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1980 | 6 wins including: Best Film

1980 | 6 nominations including: Best Actor

Though we find in Imamura’s film an emotional and psychological complexity that risks repelling viewers with as much force as they might experience from a blood-and-gore thriller, there is a humanity here that is captivating.
September 13, 2016
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Vengeance Is Mine is so unkempt that—like its director—it resists easy classification right through to its smirkingly funny finale, which taunts the expectation that human action can be fully understood or resolved. This might be Imamura’s most “difficult” film, which makes it the perfect place to start.
September 03, 2014
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As Touch of Evil is to classical film noir, so Vengeance Is Mine is to the Japanese New Wave. Each film retrospectively serves as the apotheosis for the style or movement, encapsulating many of the aims and concerns of films from the previous two decades into a singular, reflexive work.
August 24, 2014
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