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Vengeance Is Mine (Criterion Collection)

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This DVD is Mine

on 4/28/2008

I made a blind buy on this title and I'm glad I did. The film follows a very interesting psychotic killer with a powerful realism, superb acting, and great cinematography. Highly recommended.

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Like all great Shohei Imamura protagonists, Vengeance is Mine's Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) lurks on the margins of Japanese society. A thief, murderer, and charming lady-killer, Iwao is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story, of the seventy-three-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family, into a cold, perverse, and, at times, diabolically funny tale of the primitive coexisting with the modern. More than just a true-crime case, Vengeance is Mine bares mankind's snarling id.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 204203618
UPC 715515023528
UPC 14 00715515023528
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Imamura,Shohei
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Cast & Crew
Kazuo Inoue - Producer
Keiichi Uraoka - Editor
Ken Ogata - Actor
Masaru Baba - Screenplay
Mayumi Ogawa - Actor
Mitsuko Baisho - Actor
Rentaro Mikuni - Actor
Ryuzo Saki - Based On Novel By
Shinichiro Ikebe - Original Music By
Shohei Imamura - Director
Sinsaku Himeda - Cinematographer
Teruyoshi Satani - Production Designer
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Vengeance is Mine" is the lurid title of a violent, shocking and uncommonly engrossing new film that won the Japanese equivalent of the Academy Award for the best movie of 1979...The movie has been described as a Japanese "In Cold Blood," and that will do for starters, I suppose. But the Richard Brooks film of "In Cold Blood" went for a black and white, grimly realistic documentary look, while director Shohei Imamura has wider concerns in "Vengeance is Mine"...Movies about actual crimes are usually frustrating because, limited to the facts, they pretend that the facts are enough. (This was also the flaw of Norman Mailer's book about Gary Gilmore, "The Executioner's Song.") "Vengeance is Mine" transcends those limitations and gives us a portrait of a killer that is poignant, tragic and banal enough to deserve the comparison with "Crime and Punishment."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Japanese, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Imamura,Shohei
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Geoff Andrew, Time Out Darkly comic, perverse, powerful, and subversive.
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall Gripping and haunting, it's a strikingly timeless film.

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