An engineer from Tokyo comes to a tiny tropical island to start plans for an airport, but finds the natives backward and superstitious. After an affair with a local girl, he goes native. Five years later the airport is finished and Coca-Cola has arrived.
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A great big impossible jeu d'esprit. One of those great heroic movies, product of a great heroic production. Such a pleasure to finally encounter it having been unable to do so all these moribund years. A benighted bezerk anthropological descent-into-crazy. The hillbilly lore of the islands. The underside of the overwrought disdain of Gods. There are creation myths and endtimes myths. There is the cinema: alive.
imamura is at his very best here, with a perfect invocation of his theme of an isolated community which survives on older traditions which are compromised by modernity. the actress playing toriko is outstanding, one of the best imamura performances. the framing is perfection, as always with the visuals outstanding. the script is incisive and contemplative. imamura really is the japanese master.
The profound desires of the gods, was really one of a kind. Shohei Imamura has made a colossal of a social film, with great-developed characters and a rich, but at the same time slow story line. I admire films like this which balance on the edge of humor and tragedy without feeling to obvious in the sense “of what we the audience should feel”
A very heady brew and one which I cannot really explain while just now under its intoxicating effects. It's got a lot going on - it's like a Japanese Faulkner novel, with a very sophisticated political analysis of desire, myth and history. And the entire middle is richly comedic, while the last hour is tragic and disturbing. I was enthralled.