The Profound Desire of the Gods

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The Profound Desires of the Gods
Profound Desire of the Gods 1968.jpg
DVD release of Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
Directed by Shōhei Imamura
Produced by Masanori Yamanoi
Written by Keiji Hasebe
Shohei Imamura
Starring Rentarō Mikuni
Chōichirō Kawarazaki
Kazuo Kitamura
Hideko Okiyama
Yoshi Kato
Yasuko Matsui
Kanjūrō Arashi
Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi
Cinematography Masao Tochizawa
Edited by Matsuo Tanji
Distributed by Nikkatsu Corporation, Toho International Company Inc. (USA, 1970), East West Classics (USA, 1988)
Release date
  • November 22, 1968 (1968-11-22)
Running time
172 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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.



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.[1]

  • Kinema Junpo Award (1969): Best Director
  • Best Film; Mainichi Film Concours (1969): Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Kanjūrō Arashi)

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  1. ^ "List of Japanese films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved 2008-06-22. 

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