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Kamigami no fukaki yokubô (1968)

GP | | Drama | 22 July 1970 (USA)
An engineer from Tokyo arrives on a drought-ridden tropical island to drill a well to power a nearby sugar mill. He meets the inbred Futori family, hated by the locals for breaking religious customs.

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Rentarô Mikuni ...
Nekichi Futori / the chained son
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ...
Kametaro Futori / the backward son
Kazuo Kitamura ...
Kariya / Engineer
Hideko Okiyama ...
Toriko Futori / the retarded daughter
Yasuko Matsui ...
Uma Futori / the priestess daughter
Yoshi Katô ...
Ritsugen Ryu
Hôsei Komatsu
Chikako Hosokawa
Chikage Ogi ...
(as Chikage Ôgi)
Jun Hamamura
Susumu Mizushima
Yasuhiko Ishizu
Kiyoshi Tokugawa
Kazuhiko Hasegawa
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The Tokyo engineer Kariya arrives on a primitive tropical island to drill a well to provide water for the sugar mill. He is assisted on the island by Kametaro, from the inbred Futori family. Nekichi Futori is chained in a pit that he has to dig, in order to appease the gods for breaking island customs. Nekichi is in love with his sister Uma, who is a shaman priestess at the sacred shrine, that contains the only good water close to the mill. She is also the mistress of Ryu, the manager of the mill. The patriarch of the Futori family tries to get the engineer to marry his retarded daughter Toriko. Written by Will Gilbert

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Deep Desire of Gods  »

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 42nd Academy Awards in 1970. See more »

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deftly captures the alchemy of the natural world.
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Trying to acknowledge the enigma of Japanese Cinema, outside the paddock of Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) and Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story), is a daunting yet arousing act. With Profound Desires of the Gods (1968), Shõhei Imamura redefined the rigorous notions of 'Japaneseness'. Because the Futori family retain the traditional belief that their island of Kurage was created through the sexual union of a brother god and sister goddess, the other more progressive islanders vilify them. When a Tokyo engineer arrives to supervise the creation of a new well, he unearths the mystifying extremism of the Noro (shaman). With Profound Desires, Imamura examines the dogma of Japanese mythology and investigates the disparaging effect of modernity and the ruinous consequence of Coca-Cola. It is a sizzling masterwork filled with Buñuelian surrealism, which deftly captures the alchemy of the natural world.


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