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Profound Desires of the Gods (Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubo) Reviews

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December 3, 2018
Director Shohei Imamura personal project film involving an uninhabited somewhat tropical island and it's prehistoric islanders come to fruition once an engineer (Kazuo Kitamura) from Tokyo city attempts to make plans regarding the island as a whole, and transitioning it into a sugar cane factory. Meeting first is the eldest,Yamamori, (KanjŻrŰ Arashi), appointed as the engineer's protege, is the son, Kametaro (ChŰichirŰ Kawarasaki), appointed priestess of Noro Uma Futori (Yasuko Matsui), an sexually repressed inbred, Turiko (Hideko Okiyama) and the oldest always chained son, Nekichi (RentarŰ Mikuni) violated many superstitious rules regarding the islands customs and traditions.
½ May 13, 2013
Profound Desire of the Gods takes its time reaching its final point, but when it does, you realize it was classic Imamura all along: funny, provocative, disturbing and true.

B+/A-
March 3, 2013
astounding in every way. a sprawling, epic, poetic, shocking and always riveting work of the highest cinematic art
½ March 3, 2012
A little known Japanese movie that wasn‚(TM)t well received at the time of it‚(TM)s release but has since become quite a legendary movie. The story is set on the fictional island of Kurage, a subtropical world whose inhabitants are engaged in a desperate struggle for survival, caught between faith in their traditional gods and the promises of modernity. Central to this drama are the Futori, the oldest and most primitive family on Kurage, with incestuous habits that have led to them being blamed for the drought strangling the island. They are digging a pit to appease the gods when an engineer arrives from Tokyo. His job is to build a well to get fresh water for a new sugar cane factory, but he is thwarted by the environment and the islanders‚(TM) superstitions. He soon falls for the Futori daughter, Toriko, a sex-crazed half-wit, and briefly reverts to his animalistic true self before, inevitably, civilisation and capitalism win him back, and the island opens up to the forces of progress.

This is one long movie ‚" coming up close to 3 hours long so watching this may be a drag to a lot of people. I did get a sense that at times I was watching a Japanese version of The Wicker Man. The movie is filled with unique and delightful shots and also punctuated by close ups of wild animals and birds, also some macro shots of various insects ‚" it all looks rather wonderful and beautiful but a bit distracting from the storyline itself. Profound Desires of the Gods is a complex film, and if you can sit through filmmaking that focuses more on character study than all out action, you might find a lot to like here. Everybody else though, I would not recommend sitting through this wishing to like it since the viewer is at the mercy the director‚(TM)s cinematic judgment. I quite liked it though.
February 1, 2012
Is incest the Profound Desire of the Gods? It seems that way, as that, eh, trend does seem to cross many gods of different cultures. So if it's good enough for the Gods, why not humans? And if inbreeding is kind of a bad thing that causes many issues, does that mean that the ancient gods were all crazy inbred hillbillies? It would explain much.
Super Reviewer
½ December 11, 2011
It could be a lot shorter but neverless its still a interesting story with lots to enjoy,some fasinating performances on show keep it ticking along, and the story itself about a family with issues inside the family and to others on the island comes off well.
½ July 8, 2011
Jäklar vilken överraskning, vilken originell och galet bra film! Går bara inte att ge en kortfattad beskrivning på så jag säger bara SE DEN! Särskilt om du är intresserad av naturreligioner, primitivism och alternativa sätt att leva. En av de klart bästa japanska filmerna jag sett på senare år, trots en spellängd på tre timmar är det inte en död minut. Finns på jättefin DVD/blu-ray från bolaget Masters of Cinema.
½ April 14, 2011
Amazing! I can't get this one out of my head.
½ March 26, 2011
Progress and civilization has a bittersweet flavor in the end of this movie. Modernity and tradition, the eternal struggle; legends and Coca Cola, all in the same.
½ October 5, 2010
A little known Japanese movie that wasn‚??t well received at the time of it‚??s release but has since become quite a legendary movie. The story is set on the fictional island of Kurage, a subtropical world whose inhabitants are engaged in a desperate struggle for survival, caught between faith in their traditional gods and the promises of modernity. Central to this drama are the Futori, the oldest and most primitive family on Kurage, with incestuous habits that have led to them being blamed for the drought strangling the island. They are digging a pit to appease the gods when an engineer arrives from Tokyo. His job is to build a well to get fresh water for a new sugar cane factory, but he is thwarted by the environment and the islanders‚?? superstitions. He soon falls for the Futori daughter, Toriko, a sex-crazed half-wit, and briefly reverts to his animalistic true self before, inevitably, civilisation and capitalism win him back, and the island opens up to the forces of progress.

This is one long movie ‚?? coming up close to 3 hours long so watching this may be a drag to a lot of people. I did get a sense that at times I was watching a Japanese version of The Wicker Man. The movie is filled with unique and delightful shots and also punctuated by close ups of wild animals and birds, also some macro shots of various insects ‚?? it all looks rather wonderful and beautiful but a bit distracting from the storyline itself. Profound Desires of the Gods is a complex film, and if you can sit through filmmaking that focuses more on character study than all out action, you might find a lot to like here. Everybody else though, I would not recommend sitting through this wishing to like it since the viewer is at the mercy the director‚??s cinematic judgment. I quite liked it though.
May 19, 2010
An absolute masterpiece! Set in the tropical japanese islands of Okinawa, the heat and the sea are omnipresent; as are greed, desire and human passions. At times "the wicker man" and at times "night of the hunter" it is visually astonishing. The beautiful traditional music of Okinawa is always present. The film was made in 1968 but it could have been made yesterday. It shows the transformation of a traditional society, ruled by natural laws, to an industrialiized one.
February 21, 2008
Shohei Imamura is an underated Japanese master, and this is a subtle, disturbing indictment of a colonial mentality.
December 2, 2007
A stunning epic film!!!
½ November 19, 2007
Quand la nature rencontre la civilisation, la modernite rencontre la tradition. Sur la perpetuation des mythes, la violence societale sous toute ses formes. Un film envoutant, bouleversant et rare renvoyant tout le monde dos a dos pour ne laisser la place qu'aux individus et a la difficulte d'etre libre.
½ November 3, 2007
Not Imamura's best. This is coming from Imamura's number one fan.
October 31, 2007
Really brilliant film that is insightful and offers lots to ponder over. The plot is intriguing and even somewhat romantic, in a bitter-sweet way. Highly controversial, to think it was made in the 60s! Conflicts between tradition and modernisation, instincts vs conformity. Also illustrates the effect commercialisation has on the rural village which was 50 years behind mainland Japan. Very nice integrating with the folklore about the origins of the island.
October 5, 2007
This film has so many painful moments- societal dark twists. It is rough and bright, sad and lovely, bitter and not sweet.
The acting is exceptional.
½ October 1, 2007
When do you get to see films like this?
September 11, 2007
A strong storyline, amazing acting, leaves me wondering about lost/twisted stories of the past, and how people can have such threateningly different mindsets within a society.
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