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Vengeance Is Mine

Vengeance Is Mine

Shôhei Imamura ,

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Runtime:

140

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1.85:1

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Colour

Certificate:

18

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English (optional)

Genre:

World Cinema

Based on the true story of Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) and his murderous rampage which sparked a 78-day nationwide manhunt, Shôhei Imamura’s disturbing gem Vengeance Is Mine [Fukushû suru wa ware ni ari] won every major award in Japan on the year of its release. Both seducing and repelling with its unusual story and grisly humour, Imamura uncovers a seedy underbelly of civilised Japanese society. 

Unfolding through multiple flashbacks, Ogata delivers a career-defining performance as a day-labourer and smalltime con-artist who, after killing two of his co-workers, embarks on a psychopathic spree of rape and murder. Eluding the police and public, Japan’s infamous “King of Criminals” passes himself off as a Kyoto University professor, only to become entangled with an innkeeper and her perverted mother. Five years in the making, Vengeance Is Mine transcends the limitations of run- of-the-mill criminal studies by presenting a portrait of a killer imbued with a poignant, tragic banality.

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Vengeance is Mine Dual Format
Only available as part of the
The Shôhei Imamura Masterpiece Collection
#11

  • DUAL FORMAT RELEASE INCLUDING BLU-RAY AND DVD VERSIONS OF THE FILM
  • Restored 1080p high-definition transfer on the Blu-ray
  • All-new improved English subtitle translation
  • Audio commentary by noted critic and filmmaker Tony Rayns
  • Video introduction by director Alex Cox
  • Original Japanese trailers
  • 56-page book featuring a lengthy 1994 career-spanning interview with Imamura by Tôichi Nakata; original promotional material; and a director’s statement

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