WriterKeiji Hasebe, Shohei Imamura Release dateNovember 22, 1968 (1968-11-22) ScreenplayShohei Imamura, Keiji Hasebe CastRentarô Mikuni (Nekichi Futori, the chained son), Kazuo Kitamura (Engineer Kariya), Hideko Okiyama (Toriko Futori, the retarded daughter), Yoshi Kato (Ritsugen Ryu), Yasuko Matsui (Uma Futori, the priestess daughter) Similar moviesRelated Shohei Imamura movies
The Profound Desires of the Gods or Deep Desires of Gods or Kuragejima – Legends from a Southern Island(神々の深き欲望,Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubō) is a 1968 Japanese film by director Shohei Imamura. The culmination of the director's examinations of the fringes of Japanese society throughout the 1960s, the film was an 18-month super-production which failed to make an impression at the time of its release, but has since risen in stature.
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 for the Sugar Mill – an encounter which leads to both conflict and complicity in strange and powerful ways.
Rentarō Mikuni as Nekichi Futori, the chained son
Chōichirō Kawarazaki as Kametaro Futori, the backward son
Kazuo Kitamura as Engineer Kariya
Hideko Okiyama as Toriko Futori, the retarded daughter
Yoshi Katō as Ritsugen Ryu
Yasuko Matsui as Uma Futori, the priestess daughter
The film was Japan's submission to the 42nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Kinema Junpo Award (1969): Best Director
Best Film; Mainichi Film Concours (1969): Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Kanjūrō Arashi)