1979 / 140 min. / R
Director: Shôhei Imamura
Cast: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako

Eastern Promises: VENGEANCE IS MINE on 35mm!

To inaugurate our first screening of Eastern Promises, we present to you a 35mm print of Shohei Imamura’s enigmatic masterpiece, VENGEANCE IS MINE.

Thursday July 26, 2018
7PM – Doors | 8PM – Film
TICKETS – $12 Advance / $14 Door
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Michael Atkinson via the Criterion Collection

“Imamura belongs on the shelf with Fritz Lang, Luis Bunuel, Fuller, Douglas Sirk, and Claude Chabrol, labeled “Sardonic Objectivists.” Vengeance Is Mine, typically, wastes no breath on compassion, no calories on decorousness, and no time on explanations.”

David Ehrlich avclub.com

“Vengeance Is Mine is essentially the polar opposite of a Jason Reitman movie, refusing to diagnose its protagonist so that it can more easily solve him.”

Between 1963 and 1964, Japan would be on a 78 day national manhunt for Akira Nishiguchi, a con-man/murderer who left 5 people dead in his path. Having changed the name to Iwao Enokizu, the legendary Ken Ogata plays the charming, but impenetrable serial killer. Through flashbacks we are invited to observe the corruption and contradictions of his past, Christianity, family, and therefore that of modern post-war Japan, and experience the cold banality of the actual murders. Clinical, detached and always the cynic entomologist, Imamura’s masterful examination of Enokizu is like a puzzle that will certainly fascinate, but will leave you only with questions rather than answers.

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