Profound desires of the gods
Kamigami no fukaki yokubô -
1968 - Color - 170 mn - Original version with French subtitles - Japan - Drama
Directed by : Shōhei Imamura. Produced by : Masanori Yamanoi. Screenplay by : Shōhei Imamura, Keiji Hasebe. Editing : Matsuo Tanji. Photography : Masao Tochizawa. Music by : Toshirô Mayuzumi. With : Kanjuro Arashi, Rentaro Mikuni, Choichiro Kawarazaki.
On Kurage, a Japanese island dominated by ancestral believes, fishermen live in misery. An engineer lands on the island in order to find a mineral source for a sugar factory. He will meet the Futori family, and their peculiar customs…
Here’s what’s most certainly one of the most ambitious films of Imamura, which takes a melancholic look at the disappearance of the memory and the history of Japan. The formal and moral experiments of the filmmaker are both a philosophical reflection and a sociological analysis. The film was a commercial failure during its first run, but it acquired a certain reputation the next decade.