Vengeance is Mine

Nov 02 - Nov 08, 2007

Shohei Imamura, 1979, Japan, 35mm, 140 min

Based on the true story of Iwao Enokizu and his murderous rampage which sparked a 78-day nationwide manhunt, Shohei Imamura's disturbing gem VENGEANCE IS MINE won every major award in Japan in 1979. Imamura uncovers the seedy underbelly of civilized Japanese society. Iwao, a day-laborer and smalltime con-artist, embarks on a psychopathic spree of rape and murder after killing two of his co-workers. 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. More than just a true-crime case, VENGEANCE IS MINE bares mankind's snarling id.

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