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Profound Desires of the Gods - Dual Format (Blu-ray+DVD) [Masters of Cinema] [1968]

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  • Actors: Rentaro Mikuni, Choichiro Kawarazaki, Kazuo Kitamura
  • Directors: Shohei Imamura
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2011
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B005QVVV88
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,051 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The culmination of Imamura s extraordinary examinations of the fringes of Japanese society throughout the 1960s, Profound Desires of the Gods was 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.

SPECIAL DUAL FORMAT EDITION

  • Spectacular new HD transfer in the film s original 2.35:1 aspect ratio
  • New and improved optional English subtitle translation
  • New video introduction by film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Original Japanese theatrical trailer (in 1080p on Blu-ray)
  • 44-PAGE BOOKLET with a new essay by Tony Rayns (to accompany his introduction); rare stills; two statements from Imamura; and a transcript of Imamura s introduction and Q&A session at the 1994 Edinburgh International Film Festival s screening of the film

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1964. Japanese cinema gives birth to Shindo's "Onibaba" and to Teshigahara's "Woman in the Dunes", two important ( and successful ) films on female predators and male preys. Primitivism, torrid erotism, and shades of Buddhist misogyny.
1966. Oshima's "Violence at Noon" strikes back. A murderer-rapist, in a sentimental triangle with his wife and one of his victims, presents the other side of the predator-prey medal.
1968. Imamura, in "Profound Desires of the Gods", cannily combines all these ingredients. We are parachuted into a primitive, "irrational" society on the Kurage Island ( Okinawa ), facing a pseudo-documentary on a "paradise in decomposition". An erotically charged atmosphere - where predators and preys of all kind abound.
Beautiful images. Imamura fell in love with Okinawa and extended shooting from 6 to 18 months, thus losing his credibility as a serious professional.
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