Vengeance Is Mine

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Based on the true story, 'Vengeance is Mine' is the story of Iwao Enokizu and his murderous rampage which sparked a 78-day nationwide manhunt. Enokizu is a day-laborer 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.

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Critic Reviews for Vengeance Is Mine

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

  • The film gathers fearful force.

    Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director Shohei] Imamura is a poet of the harsh, a tour guide to horrific mystery.

    Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Held together by simply stunning central performances by Ogata and Mayumi Ogawa, this is a most welcome, unforgettable treat from Japan's true crime cupboard.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [VIDEO ESSAY] a richly woven polemic that encompasses turbulent generational shifts in Japanese identity caused by World War II. Iwao Enokizu isn't waiting for God to make things right when only everything is wrong.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…
  • In a way, if we're tracking influences, Imamura probably had a little impact on the Coen Brothers' misanthropic masterpieces.

    Dec 29, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Although the film doesn't feel as groundbreaking now as it likely once had, Ogata's nuanced performance shouldn't be missed.

    Nov 3, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Vengeance Is Mine

  • Jul 10, 2011
    Whereas in conventional moviemaking psychological flashbacks, backgrounds, a non-linear storytelling and almost forgotten memoirs would help the attentive viewer to gather the puzzle pieces together and build the final image/meaning, Imamura smartly places them leaving unanswered questions and unclear motives. He attempts to create a Melville-like urban environment, but instead of being a random collection of scenes, the most intelligent thing he did with the movie was placing a central idea: trascendence has absolutely no relation with the earthly life, and what may be judged with earthly principles here, may not be judged equally in the afterlife (interpret that with the Divine Law, Heaven or whatever otherwordly ideal suits you). That's why the bones get caught in the sky, gravityless. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2010
    A strange title "Vengeance Is Mine"when it should be "Anatomy of a Murderer" as thats what we get for two hours; 78 days in the murderous life of Iwao Enokizu, cut with parallel stories of his family and a few flashbacks to his youth. Shohei Imamura lays it on the line, there's no cop-out here of poor misunderstood killer, the man was a psychopath in the true sense of the word. .
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2010
    It is based on a true story, but somehow it just didn't make any sense. It doesn't attempt to give any answers or insight into the killers motives and psyche, and maybe that's the intention of the director, I don't know. But in my opinion that doesn't make it a very good movie.
    Saskia D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    I was hooked all the way to the very end
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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