12 Vengeance is Mine (Sohei Imamura, Japan, 1979)

The killing rampage of true life Japanese serial Killer Akira Nishiguchi.

Just like one big picture, Imamura’s whole filmography seems to point at Japanese audiences the strange unspoken things that happen under the rising sun. Its crucial to understand this aspect of his films as a whole in order to fully appreciate it from an occidental point of view. The shape and pacing might be a bore to some Hannibal fans since there’s no Hollywood Glamour here, nonetheless this is a great uncompromising dark and depressing dramatic tale by a legendary filmmaker.

Ken Ogata (Mishima, The Ballad of Narayama) delivers top performance as the killer.

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