The Profound Desire of the Gods
Kamigami no fukaki yokubo
Release Date : November, 22nd, 1968
Running Time : 175 min
Genre : Feature
Color : Color
Screening Format : -
Screen Size : Cinema Scope (1:2.35)
[ Directed by ] IMAMURA Shohei
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[ Story ]
On a small island at the very southern end of the Japanese archipelago, the people lead a life unchanged for centuries. Into this peaceful world comes Kariya (Kazuo Kitamura), an engineer from Tokyo to construct an airport.
At first he is irritated by the apparent laziness of the islanders but little by little he too slows down and finds that their pace is one much more natural to man. At the same time, he comes to know several of the islanders: old Yamamori (Kanjuro Arashi) and his family. There is Kametaro (Choichiro Kawarazaki) who eventually gets to the mainland only to return; Nekichi (Rentaro Mikuni), held as a slave for having dared to love his own sister (Yasuko Matsui); and the feeble-minded daughter (Hideko Okiyama) who falls in love with Kariya.
Nekichi's task over, he plans to escape with his beloved sister to another island and there start life over again. They are caught, however, he is killed and she is exposed to certain starvation.
Five years pass, and with it all signs of this early and in many ways better civilization. Now there are tourists and busses, trains, motor-scooters. Kametaro is the engineer of the little island train. Nekichi and his sister have been forgotten, they are already myths. The old island is dead.
【Quoted from the database of Nikkatsu Corporation】
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1969.12.1】
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