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Vengeance Is Mine

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Asia exclusive release directed by Imamura Shohei (Warm Water Under Red Bridge, Eel and Black Rain) in 1979 and starring Ken Ogata (Pillow Book, Mishima). A convoy of patrol cars traverse a provincial countryside to escort captured criminal Iwao Enokizu to the local police precinct for interrogation. Callous and unremorseful, he laments his inevitable fate as unfair, citing that his arresting officers will outlive him and continue to pursuit of hedonistic pleasure now denied him. All Code / NTSC. Original Japanese dialogue/ optional English & Chinese subtitles. 2002.

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  • Actors: Mitsuko Baisho, Nijiko Kiyokawa, Rentaro Mikuni, Ken Ogata, Mayumi Ogawa
  • Directors: Shohei Imamura, Imamura Shohei
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Import
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 3 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Panorama
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0002JC5M0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Excellent film by Imamura who has become one of my favourite directors of all time with Akira Kurosawa. I really like his anthropological take on Japanese society and this film depicts with stark realism the life of "monster" who proceeds to go on a killing spree with absolutely no remorse. He is also capable of attracting the love of women he meets and mercilessly uses for his ends. No excuses, no social justification. This man is a "natural born killer" and proud to be just that. I particularly liked the performances Imamura evinces from his excellent cast. The social context in which the main protagonist operates is also riven with conflicting desires (his wife's attraction to her father in law, the use of the boarding house as a location for encounters with prostitutes, his lover's mother's criminal past...). Don't want to spoil the fun for potential buyers so will stop here. Enjoy!
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