Vengeance Is Mine


'Vengeance Is Shohei Imamura' film series

Part of the film series
Vengeance Is Shohei Imamura (January 17-February 1, 2014)

Vengeance Is Mine
Shohei Imamura. 1979. Japan. 128 min. Color. 35mm. With English subtitles. 
w. Ken Ogata, Rentaro Mikuni, Chocho Miyako

After about a decade making documentaries, Imamura returned to fiction with this film inspired by the true story of a gruesome 78-day killing spree and manhunt. In this career-defining film, Ken Ogata delivers an unforgettable performance as Iwao Enokizu, a con artist, thief, lady charmer, and murderer. The film begins with Iwao entering jail. A series of flashbacks take us back in time to revisit the murderer’s past and his horrendous crimes. Such a reverse chronological structure makes the film more of a character study than a suspenseful crime thriller. This intense portrait of a menacing mind is at once poignant and chilling. A Janus Films Release.

“A portrait of a killer that is poignant, tragic and banal enough to deserve the comparison with Crime and Punishment.” — Roger Ebert

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This film series is co-presented with Japan Foundation and is part of Citi Series on Asian Arts and Culture


Event Details

Fri 24 Jan 2014
6:30 PM - 8:45 PM
725 Park Avenue (at East 70 Street), New York, NY
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