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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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meandering, centreless piece with hints of genius 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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Also Known As:
"Kamigami no fukaki yokubô" - Japan (original title)
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173 min
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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
meandering, centreless piece with hints of genius, 24 December 2011
Author: CountZero313 from Japan

Profound Desires of the Gods, sometimes referred to as Imamura's overlooked epic, is an ambitious undertaking. Running at a daunting 173 minutes, it is ostensibly the tale of one inbred Ryukyu family's (the Futoris) attempts to regain lost social status. They do this by digging a pit to bury a huge boulder, and by seducing a mainland engineer with the feral, sexually-charged wild-child daughter. On another level, the film interrogates issues of modernity versus tradition, religious hypocrisy, and Japan's troubled relations with the outside world.

The film's successes are its luscious landscape, evocative production design of heathen and pagan rituals and artifacts, and portrayal of suppressed, taboo desires bursting to the fore. The narrative wanders and explores various tangents that can challenge the attention. This is filmmaking for cinema, and the gorgeous golden beaches and turquoise oceans had me longing to see this on the big screen. A murder by masked men at the end is also visually compelling. This film is interesting in bits, and flashes of genius occasionally show themselves, but the lack of coherence, repetition in the storyline, and outright dud moments (the heavenly vision of the departed patriarch), make this a problematic addition to the Imamura oeuvre. It hints at the great film that this project could have become, a realization of the potential of the vision, rather than the vision itself. Sometimes amazing, sometimes disappointing, this is one to watch and argue over.

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