Conclusion: The term "fact-based" can mean almost anything when it comes to film. Today, it is an overused term slathered on the latest found footage snoozefests to try and justify the cheap thrills of a first person P.O.V.
Summary: Only Shôhei Imamura could irreverently intertwine Catholicism, brutal murders, and pachinko to produce such devastating ends and the Criterion Collection's 1080p Blu-ray lays those unlikely bedfellows to turbulent rest with staggering precision.
Conclusion: North American fans of Shohei Imamura's at times quite disturbing Vengeance Is Mine had to wait a bit for a local release, but they should be pleased to know that Criterion's technical presentation of the film is superior to that of Eureka Entertainment.
Excerpt: The 1979 film Vengeance Is Mine , Shohei Imamura's only fictional feature of that decade, served as something of a relaunching of the director's career after he'd been happily slumming on his versions of documentaries since the commercial failure and psychological fatigue of 1968's Profound Desires...
Conclusion: The folks at Eureka Entertainment have put together yet another strong package that should delight fans of Japanese cinema. After their spectacular release of Shohei Imamura's Profound Desires of the Gods , now we get the director's violent and disturbing Vengeance is Mine .