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The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toshirô Mifune ... Prince Yamato Takeru
Yôko Tsukasa ... Princess Oto Tachibana
Akihiko Hirata ... Kibino Takehiko
Kyôko Kagawa ... Princess Miyazu
Takashi Shimura ... Elder Kumaso
Setsuko Hara ... Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess
Kumi Mizuno Kumi Mizuno ... Azami
Misa Uehara ... Princess Kushinada
Kinuyo Tanaka ... Princess Yamato
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Prince Iogi
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Prince Wakatarashi
Ganjirô Nakamura Ganjirô Nakamura ... Emperor
Eijirô Tôno ... Ootomo
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Ootomo's Kurohiko
Ken'ichi Enomoto Ken'ichi Enomoto ... God of Yaoyorozu
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The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's stepbrother Waka, and conspires to have Ouso die on a dangerous mission he has contrived. But Ouso prevails in the mission and returns to his father's castle under a new name, Prince Yamato Takeru. Otomo plots to have the Prince sent into even greater danger, but Otomo is unaware that the gods have favored the Prince and the outcome is far from what any of them expected. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Age of the Gods See more »

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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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[Ousu has wounded the Younger Kumaso and is about to finish him off]
Younger Kumaso: Wait a moment!
Prince Yamato Takeru: Are you afraid of death?
Younger Kumaso: It's not that. Are you Prince Ousu of Yamato?
Prince Yamato Takeru: That's right. What's it to you?
Younger Kumaso: Your Highness... you are destined to be a powerful man. Don't waste that fate.
Prince Yamato Takeru: That's none of your business!
Younger Kumaso: From here on out... make them call you Prince Yamato Takeru.
Prince Yamato Takeru: Why? Why Prince Yamato Takeru?
Younger Kumaso: It means... the bravest... of Yamato. I'd be happy to die at your hand. I have to repay... my brothers' ...
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An epic three-hour long film about the birth of Japan.
15 February 1999 | by Horror FanSee all my reviews

The Japanese equivalent of 1956's The Ten Comandments. A lot of this features nomads wondering around in a desert on camels. Then there's Toshiro Mifune, who slays a hydra-esque dragon at the end. As usual, Toshiro Mifune is great. This is a great movie, with an excellent Ifukube score and Tsuburaya special effects but this is just too darn long and slow paced, it's really a chore to sit through. I still recommend it though.


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