Ryūzō Saki

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Ryūzō Saki (佐木 隆三 Saki Ryūzō?, April 14, 1937 – October 31, 2015)[1] was a Japanese novelist and non-fiction writer, born in North Hamgyong, a province of what is now North Korea.[2] He was interested in high-profile crimes in Japan and published a number of non-fiction books about Japanese crimes.[2]

On January 14, 1976, Saki was awarded the Naoki Prize for the novel Vengeance Is Mine based on Japanese serial killer Akira Nishiguchi.[2] The novel became the basis of Shohei Imamura's film Vengeance Is Mine.[3] He also wrote the books about Norio Nagayama, Tsutomu Miyazaki, Fusako Sano and Futoshi Matsunaga.

In 1992, Saki published a book about Japanese Resident-General of Korea Itō Hirobumi and Korean An Jung-geun, titled Itō Hirobumi to An Jung-geun.[4]

On 1 November 2015, he died from throat cancer in Kitakyūshū at age 78.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Award-winning novelist Ryuzo Saki dies at 78". The Mainichi. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ryūzō Saki Video | Interviews". Online Video Guide. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "SCREEN: FROM JAPAN, 'VENGEANCE IS MINE'". The New York Times. 1985-06-30. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  4. ^ 伊藤博文と安重根 (in Japanese). Books Kinokuniya. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

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