Deep River by Shusaku EndoReading Deep River is like having a sugar rush. It is too much sweet. Right after the book, I just thought of having an edgy book. Maybe one that is dark and sad. I thought I’d like to neutralize the taste and get rid of the sweetness. Maybe a dark and strong coffee or some salty corn chips. Maybe just brush my teeth and I would be fine again.
Had I read this in high school when I was still a naive young man, I would have rated this with 5 stars outright. It talks about pantheism or a belief that God and material world are one and the same thing and that God is present in everything. It talks about One God. The God was there at the beginning but men had different ideas of worshipping Him so they created different religions. No religion is perfect since men are not perfect. It tackles the beliefs of three religions: Buddism, Catholicism and Hinduism. The setting starts with the characters in Japan and as they search for something, they all end up in India particularly at the Ganges River. This river is the most sacred river to the Hindus. They believe that the river is holy because its water comes from a confluence of many small streams and thus it has its cleansing effect. They believe that when you bathe in it, your soul is purified and you are reborn. They also scatter the ashes of their dead people believing that they will have a peaceful journey to reincarnation. So, even carcasses of dead animals can be seen floating on it. So, they submerge themselves there, swim and even rinse their mouths, unmindful of the fact that the water is ranked among the top 5 most polluted rivers in the world in 2007 due to high levels of fecal coliform bacteria.
The storytelling is wonderful though. The plot is thicker than say Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist and the characters are multi-dimensional. Each of the four Japanese tourists has his/her own interesting story. The story of Isobe was the one that struck me most. The opening scene of him being told that his wife for 35 years had cancer and would only have 4 months to live was so moving it made me glued to the book and ignored the 2 buddy books I was expected to read for our book club. The other equally brilliant story was that of the soldier Kiguchi and I was entralled by the twist. I did not see it coming. The death of his friend and the way Endo made it intersect with the life of atheist nurse Mitsuko were nicely crafted. Endo chose not to incorporate fantasy or supernatural elements to make himself believable. This is my first time to read a Japanese novel with religion as the main theme. I’ve read 8 books by Haruki Murakami and one book each by Banana Yoshimoto, Yukio Mishima and Kenzaburo Oe. They all did not dwell anything on religion and all use gimmicks (talking river, apparition, surrealism, falling leaches, talking cat, etc). So, this book got me interested since I found it refreshing and beguiling.
Yet, after reading, the sweet taste was there. Motherhood statement like All religions are equal. Scenes that seemed like pan in the sky: the Japanese priest carries the dead Hindus imitating Jesus Christ; the nuns belonging to the congregation of Mother Theresa (may the Lord bless her soul) helping the sick and the needy; and the nurse realizes that she needs God in her life after all. They were too positive that my head was swirling and my heart was palpitating from sugar rush. Quite timely because this was the season of Lent but I just did not expect the book to be like a Religion101 prescribed-book in high school.
But then, maybe I am an old man and my eyes are jaded already. I better have my blood sugar checked and my eyes refracted one of these days.
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A photographer in the rain forest is captured by wild natives, and after months of living with them, he marries the chief's daughter and helps protect the village from a vicious cannibal tribe. Ovidio G. Assonitis Giorgio Carlo Rossi. Francesco Barilli Massimo D'Avak. Riccardo Pallottini. Italian Burmese Thai.
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A new one every day. Oddly humane for Lenzi. More a melodrama with a third act mention of cannibalism rather than a proper cannibal film. It's better then 'Cannibal Ferox,' if that says anything. Not very PC, but great bygone era Italian film-making. Now Showing Rentals Feed Notebook. Directed by Umberto Lenzi.
It is perhaps best known for starting the " cannibal boom " of Italian exploitation cinema during the late s and early s. Lenzi was probably trying to imitate the content of notorious Mondo cinema , which had gained considerable Grindhouse popularity since Gualtiero Jacopetti and Paolo Cavara made Mondo Cane in ,  even though this film is fictional. Like Man from Deep River , Mondo films often focus on exotic customs and locations, graphic violence, and animal cruelty. The film was mainly inspired by A Man Called Horse ,  which also featured a white man who is incorporated into a tribe that originally held him captive. British photographer John Bradley is assigned to photograph wildlife in the Thai rain forest, where a native tribe takes him captive. Bradley starts in Bangkok, taking photos and sightseeing, until he arrives at a boxing match with a date.
English photographer John Bradley goes on a lone expedition up river in northern Thailand, deep into uncharted territory. There he is captured by a native tribe. At first made a prisoner, he finds life brutal and savage but is gradually accepted into the tribe. He takes a native girl Maraya as his wife. They are attacked by a rival cannibal tribe. This is a mini-genre that has developed a considerable notoriety, having produced what are without any doubt some of the most extreme and graphic films ever put on screen. Umberto Lenzi directs Deep River Savages with a considerable degree of verisimilitude.