Stunning and memorable film
- Profound Desires of the Gods review by TE
To get the best out of this uniquely amazing film it is well worth watching the introduction (by Tony Rayns) that is included in the Special Features on this disc.
It sets the film within Okinawan mythology and within the context of Japanese views on Okinawa and its many islands.
The film sustains a vibrant energy throughout its nearly 3 hour length and does not feel in the least bit over-long.
Myth and traditional ways of life clash with demands for economic progress amidst a riot of comedy, tragedy, abuse of power and erratic sexual desires.
Visually there are set piece scenes of jaw-dropping beauty and strangeness.
If you enjoy one-off peaks of brilliance in world cinema this one is for you!
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