Nippon Tanjo (1959)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Fantasy Adventure, Mythological Fantasy  |   Run Time - 182 min.  |   Countries - Japan  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This well-wrought, visually stunning tale from Japanese mythology is directed by Hiroshi Inagaki and relates the adventures of a legendary Prince Yamato Takeru (Toshiro Mifune). The reason for those adventures is linked to the creation and/or discovery of the "three treasures" basic to the Shinto religion and the mythic origins of Japan (Yamato) and her emperors. These "three treasures" are a comma-shaped jewel, a mirror, and a sword. As the Prince goes about slaying dragons and surviving all manner of natural disasters -- earthquakes, volcanos, floods -- the heroic stories of how Japan and its imperial family came into being are told in epic style.



bad-guy, dragon, espionage, fire, good-guy, landslide, prince, romance, volcano