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Profound Desires of the Gods
(Kamigami no fukaki yokubô)

by Shôhei IMAMURA


A Tokyo engineer who arrives on a remote island to relaunch a sugar refinery falls into a potful of atavisms, superstitions and taboos. In his exuberant manner, Imamura revisits the well-worn theme of the shock between tradition and modernity and, in a desperate anarchistic gesture, seems to tar archaism and forced industrialisation with the same brush. Under this mad psychedelic sun, the question is nonetheless a burning one: what has Japan made of itself? Imamura paid dearly for his audacity; the film was commercial flop, he was thrown out of Nikkatsu. The magnificent title measures up to this saga, and the restored film has done justice to its sumptuous palette of colours. AR

Restored print

  • Titre français
    Profonds désirs des dieux
  • Original title
    Kamigami no fukaki yokubô
  • Titre international
    Profound Desires of the Gods
  • Scénario
    Shôhei IMAMURA, Keiji HASEBE
  • Photo
  • Montage
    Mutsuo TANJI
  • Son
    Kenichi BENITANI
  • Musique
    Toshiro MAYUZUMI
  • Interprétation
    Rentarô MIKUNI, Chôichirô KAWARASAKI, Hideko OKIYAMA
  • Production
    Imamura productions, Nikkatsu (
  • Sous-titrage

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