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Keiji Hasebe (writer)
Shôhei Imamura (writer)
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22 July 1970 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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deftly captures the alchemy of the natural world. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)
Rentarô Mikuni ... Nekichi Futori, the chained son
Chôichirô Kawarasaki ... Kametaro Futori, the backward son
Kazuo Kitamura ... Engineer Kariya
Hideko Okiyama ... Toriko Futori, the retarded daughter
Yasuko Matsui ... Uma Futori, the priestess daughter
Yoshi Katô ... Ritsugen Ryu
Hôsei Komatsu
Chikako Hosokawa
Chikage Ôgi
Jun Hamamura
Taiji Tonoyama
Susumu Mizushima
Yasuhiko Ishizu
Kiyoshi Tokugawa
Kazuhiko Hasegawa
Sen Hara ... Unari Ryu
Tatsu Nakamura
Kanjûrô Arashi ... Yamamori Futori, the patriarch

Directed by
Shôhei Imamura 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Keiji Hasebe  writer
Shôhei Imamura  writer

Produced by
Kazuhiko Hasegawa .... associate producer
Hiroshi Takano .... associate producer
Masanori Yamanoi .... producer
Minoru Yamashita .... associate producer
Original Music by
Toshirô Mayuzumi 
Cinematography by
Masao Tochizawa 
Film Editing by
Mutsuo Tanji 
Production Design by
Takeshi Ômura 
Makeup Department
Shigeru Takagi .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kazuhiko Hasegawa .... assistant director
Hirotomo Kuroshima .... assistant director
Kôji Okamoto .... assistant director
Kunio Takeshige .... assistant director
Sound Department
Kenichi Benitani .... sound
Yoshihiro Igaki .... sound recordist
Minoru Nobuoka .... sound recordist
Shôji Suzuki .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Akira Itô .... lighting technician
Yasuo Iwaki .... gaffer
Shigeru Kawamoto .... assistant camera
Sadahiro Kimura .... lighting technician
Masaki Mizuno .... assistant camera
Katsurô Morishita .... lighting technician
Yasuyuki Okamoto .... assistant camera
Yutaka Tsuchiya .... still photographer
Shigeru Yamada .... lighting technician
Editorial Department
Atsumi Nakahara .... assistant editor
I. Okayasu .... assistant editor
Other crew
Ushiyuki Kamo .... title designer
Yukio Sekiya .... choreographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Kamigami no fukaki yokubô" - Japan (original title)
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173 min
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deftly captures the alchemy of the natural world., 16 June 2010

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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