The Profound Desire of the Gods: Tales from a Southern Island

Sex, God and Greed play their parts in one of Imamura's most ambitious and powerful films, a rich earthy fable set on a Pacific island where ancient beliefs come head-to-head with 20th century capitalism. The company engineer sent from Tokyo to build an airport exhorts the peasants to 'Forget the Gods!', but goes native himself when he's seduced by a half-witted harpy. It all ends badly.

By: TCh

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Cast and crew

Director: Shohei Imamura
Screenwriter: Shohei Imamura, Keiji Hasebe
Cast: Rentaro Mikuni
Chôichorô Kawarazaki
Hideko Okiyama
Kanjuro Arashi
Yasuko Matsui
Yoshi Kato
Kazuo Kitamura
Jun Hamamura