Director, Shohei Imamur’s movie, Vengeance Is Mine is made a film of Ryuzo Saki’s same title novel. This novel describes 5 people’s sequence of murder case taking place as the center of Kyusyu in 1963 in the form of documentary The movie is composed of two axes. The one is that Iwao’s wife, Kazko is getting tangled in the conflicts between the protagonist, Iwao Enokizu and his father, Shizuo, and this symbolizes the confrontations and pressures between the pacific postwar generations in Japan. The other is a tangled episode among the three people, Iwao Enokizu, Ashano’s Haru Ashano of Hamamatsu’s Ryokan, and her mother, Hishano, and this reveals the lives in the slum of Japanese society and those naked desires through three people’s emotional confrontations and conflicts. Meanwhile, in the movie the problem of the former ends unsolved because of Iwao’s death penalty, and the latter also ends tragically when mother and daughter are murdered by Iwao.
So this movie deals with criminals, but it has psychodrama or socio-drama characteristics, which handles the dark side of modern society at the back of criminals. Director, Shohei Imamur recreated totally different characteristics from the original novel in order to present his theme of human being’s original desires and social networks.