Twisted and dark, Shohei Imamura’s Vengeance is Mine is the candid portrait of a Japanese serial killer’s rampage, and is every bit as cold-blooded as its antihero.

Vengeance is Mine

Based on the book of the same name, which is itself based in reality, Vengeance is Mine is the story of Iwao Enokizu’s (Ken Ogata) life and the 78 days he spent on the run from police. Told in the first-person through flashbacks, Imamura dives into the sociopath’s psyche, and attempts to honestly portray the man as he was. The film opens with Enokizu already in police custody, and the flashbacks are presented as either Enokizu’s own confessions or as witness testimony.

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