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Keiji Hasebe (writer)
Shôhei Imamura (writer)
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Release Date:
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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  (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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Feverishly Transportative, 1 January 2013
Author: akeisala

Of all the Imamuras I've seen, this is the one that goes to the desert island with me. "Profound Desires of the Gods" (1968) is a feverishly transportative and sumptuous film. It seems as if when one starts to think nothing happens, everything happens.

Imamura's view of humanity is a curious blend of pessimism and deep, resonant humor to the extent that they seem to cancel each other out. Perhaps this is why his films are so peculiarly observant, and indeed anthropological. In this respect he's successful both as a "realist" (a notion I'm not fond of in the domain of film but which I use here complimentarily) and a visual poet. In fact, some portions of this film strongly foreshadow Malick's "The Thin Red Line" (1998) in the visual depiction of the narrative role of nature.

All of the Imamuras I know have an image (motif) or a scene that become a kind of hub; definitions of the films and something that stay and live on in the memory. In this film there are many, but two images glow strongest: the pit that Nekichi and the Futoris have been digging for years, as well as the final climax at sea.

On the dedicated forum for this film it has been suggested that there are many parallels between this and Teshigahara's "Suna no onna" (1964). I think that's a connection worth acknowledging and at best it enriches both films.

At this writing this film has received only 475 votes, which is a very small number considering this film has been available on Blu-ray courtesy of the Masters of Cinema series (Region B) for two and a half years.

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