Vengeance is Mine
DIRECTOR: SHOHEI IMAMURA
CAST: KEN OGATA, RENTARô MIKUNI, CHôCHô MIYAKO
Imamura’s return to fiction after nearly a decade in documentary finds him freely mixing newsreel and formalist style to report a thinly-fictionalized version of serial killer Akira Nishiguchi’s 1963 murder spree, told in flashback vignettes noteworthy for their total absence of sensationalism. Ken Ogata, in the central role, gives an opaque performance that’s both magnetic and forbiddingly cold, empathetic and free of cheap psychology, and one which rates high in the pantheon of Japanese screen acting.