A Look Inside The Criterion Collection’s ‘Vengeance is Mine’ Blu-ray


  • Japan
  • 1979
  • 140 minutes
  • Color
  • 1:66:1
  • Japanese
  • Spine # #384


  • Iwao Enokizu Ken Ogata
  • Haru Asano Mayumi Ogawa
  • Kazuko Enokizu Mitsuko Baisho
  • Captain Kawai Frankie Sakai
  • Shigemi Ideike Kazuo Kitamura
  • Kayo Enokizu Chocho Miyako
  • Hisano Asano Nijiko Kiyokawa
  • Shizuo Enokizu Rentaro Mikuni


  • Director Shohei Imamura
  • Producer Kazuo Inoue
  • Based on the novel by Ryuzo Saki
  • Screenplay Masaru Baba
  • Photography Shinsaku Himeda
  • Music Shinichiro Ikebe


A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu (Ken Ogata) is on the run from the police. Director Shohei Imamura turns this fact-based story—about the seventy-eight-day killing spree of a remorseless man from a devoutly Catholic family—into a cold, perverse, and at times diabolically funny examination of the primitive coexisting with the modern. More than just a true-crime tale, Vengeance Is Mine bares humanity’s snarling id.

Disc Features:

  • Restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring critic Tony Rayns
  • Excerpts from a 1999 interview with director Shohei Imamura, produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • Trailer and teaser
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Michael Atkinson, a 1994 interview with Imamura by filmmaker Toichi Nakata, and writings by Imamura on Vengeance Is Mine and his approach to directing
  • New cover by Eric Skillman

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