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A.k.a.
Profound Desires of the Gods
Year
1968
Runtime
173 min.
Director
Shôhei Imamura
Genre
Drama
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
799
Checks
308
Favs
44
Dislikes
2
Favs/checks
14.3% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
22:1
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  1. K.'s avatar

    K.

    Astounding achievement in filmmaking! Exploring themes of tradition versus modernism, nature & technology, individuality/conformity, superstition/reason, etc. Imamura delved into the depths of human nature, ultimately revealing how quickly most people are to conform to the rules and conduct governed in a society. A brilliant film with highly thought-provoking content and beautiful cinematography...ranks among the finest use of color in the 1960's. A shame it's not wider known. 2 years 5 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Shōhei Imamura's Profound Desires of the Gods is a gorgeous-looking film, even if some audiences will find the subject matter a little hard to take. A three-hour epic about a cursed inbred family, where brothers and sisters (one of whom is mentally disabled) are always trying to get into each other's pants, is not for everyone. The film is really about the interchangeability of animals, people, and gods. As an engineer comes to the island to transform it into a profitable venue - or will it transform HIM? - the theme becomes manifest. Like the brother and sister gods of the local mythology, he is bound to remake the world, but could also get other gods angry. Throughout, people may be gods, or they may be animals, and so on. The perspective shifts, just what's real, surreal and supernatural does. In the end, it's also a story about the modern world crashing into an older one, and one cycle ending in destruction and rebirth. But the new world may not be as fluid as the previous one was, which seems a shame. Imamura's eulogy for that world? 1 month 4 weeks ago
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  1. This movie ranks #74 in Kinema Junpo Top Japanese Films
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  2. This movie ranks #134 in Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  3. This movie ranks #145 in Masters Of Cinema
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  4. This movie ranks #162 in iCM Forum's 500<400
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