Vengeance Is Mine [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1979]

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Special Features

  • 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 Iamamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to directing


Vengeance Is Mine
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, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ken Ogata
    Ken Ogata - Iwao Enokizu
  • Rentaro Mikuni
    Rentaro Mikuni - Shizuo Enokizu
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    Chocho Miyako - Kayo Enokizu
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    Mitsuko Baisho - Kazuko Enokizu
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    Mayumi Ogawa - Haru Asano

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