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Profound Desires of the Gods [Region B]

Rentarô Mikuni , Choichiro Kawarazaki , Shôhei Imamura  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Rentarô Mikuni, Choichiro Kawarazaki, Kazuo Kitamura, Hideko Okiyama, Yoshi Katô
  • Directors: Shôhei Imamura
  • Producers: Profound Desires of the Gods ( Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubo ) ( Kuragejima - Legends from a Southern Is, Profound Desires of the Gods, Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubo, Kuragejima - Legends from a Southern Island
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 173.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZQ1VLS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,132 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player, or on standard US Blu-Ray player. You need multi-region Blu-Ray player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: Japanese ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Japanese ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The culmination of Shohei Imamura's extraordinary examinations of the fringes of Japanese society throughout the 1960s, Profound Desires of the Godswas an 18-month super-production which failed to make an impression at the time of its release, but has since risen in stature to become one of the most legendary albeit least seen Japanese films of recent decades. Presenting a vast chronicle of life on the remote Kurage Island, the film centres on the disgraced, superstitious, interbred Futori family and the Tokyo engineer sent to supervise the creation of a new well an encounter which leads to both conflict and complicity in strange and powerful ways. A tragic view of a passing epoch that teeters on the edge of grotesque farce, Imamura's merciless gaze combines with spectacular colour 'Scope photography to create a mythic saga convulsing with earthly impulses. ...Profound Desires of the Gods ( Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubo ) ( Kuragejima - Legends from a Southern Island ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece November 28, 2011
Format:DVD
Après The Pornographers et l'Evaporation d'un homme, Profonds désirs des dieux (1968) est le troisième film des productions indépendantes Imamura. L'échec de cette oeuvre ambitieuse (2h50) conduira au semi-oubli des années 1970, marqué par de nombreux films documentaires, avant le spectaculaire rétablissement de la La Vengeance est à moi (1979) puis les chefs d'oeuvre des années 1980. Profonds désirs des Dieux est vraiment un film exceptionnel, somme de toutes les obsessions d'Imamura. Le pitch est relativement simple : une île de pêcheurs misérables, qui a abandonné ses traditions (la riziculture) pour profiter du développement (la canne à sucre). La sécheresse qui paralyse l'île conduit à un dilemme entre recours à la technique (un ingénieur, envoyé de Tokyo) et la culture (en appeler aux Dieux immémoriaux). Au milieu de cette communauté assez originale, une famille particulièrement tordue. Le grand-père est incestueux ; sa fille, prêtresse traditionnelle, a été vendue comme concubine au chef de l'île ; son fils essaie de creuser un trou pour enfouir un monstrueux rocher déposé par un raz de marée ; la petite fille est simplette et nymphomane ; le petit-fils est le seul à peu près équilibré. J'oubliais : le fils est entrâvé de chaînes pour cause de braconnage (pêche à l'explosif) et est passionnément amoureux de sa soeur (non sans être soupçonné de toucher sa fille aussi à l'occasion...). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The dual nature of man October 19, 2010
By Alfredo
Format:Blu-ray
A pantheistic society on a remote island in the Pacific find themselves in desperate need of fresh water. They invite Tokyo engineer Kariya to find the best sources of water on the island in order to pump it. As the story begins to unfold, Imamura lays out contrasting aspects of human nature by comparing Kariya's rational, scientific thought and the islanders' intuitive, spiritual vision of the world. (According to something said in one of the dvd's extra features, the island in the story was inspired by Okinawa, whose culture at the time still preserved some aboriginal characteristics and was different from most of Japan.)

Things begin to get more interesting when, to his utmost surprise, engineer Kariya is faced with some very primal needs of his own. At the same time, some of the island residents seem ready to put behind their adoration of the gods (sometimes dismissed as 'superstition') in order to concentrate on more practical matters. Others, like the Futori - an incestuous family regarded as beastly even by their neighbors' standards - prove to be particularly resistant to any change.

I believe the Japanese director is addressing some of psychiatrist Carl Jung's ideas regarding the unconscious and man's innate need for myth. In his book, `Man and His Symbols', Jung explains that in prehistoric times, man used to be completely intuitive and animalistic. Through a process of thousands of years, we've become more civilized and scientifically advanced. Yet, the primitive, emotional, non-rational aspect remains perfectly alive in our unconscious and cannot be fully tamed. This interior wilderness manifests itself in different ways, sometimes to our embarrasment, despite our best efforts to control it (a recurring theme in Imamura's films).
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