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Film
Orochi Poster
Directed by                   Produced by
Takao Okawara Tomoyuki Tanaka
Shogo Tomiyama
Written by                       Music by  
Wataru Mimura Kiyoko Ogino
Glay
Yoshiki Hayashi
Distributed by                       Rating      
Toho Company Ltd.JP
ADV FilmsUS
Not Rated
  Budget                           Box Office
$?,???,??? $?,???,???
Running Time
104 minutesJP
(1 hour, 44 minutes)
103 minutesUS
(1 hour, 43 minutes)
Designs Used
HeiseiOrochi, ShodaiUtsuno, ShodaiKaishin, ShodaiAmano, ShodaiKumaso

Yamato Takeru (ヤマトタケル,   Yamato Takeru?) is a 1994 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd. It was released to Japanese theaters on July 9, 1994.


Plot

The film begins with the birth of twin princes. One of the twins is named Ousu, and is loathed by his father, the emperor of Yamato. The emperor is convinced that his loathing of Ousu is a premonition, and he orders the shaman named Tsukinowa to kill the child. But his plans are thwarted by Amano Shiratori, the White Bird of the Heavens. The emperor’s sister views this as a clear sign of divine intervention, and takes it upon herself to raise the young prince.

Years later, when Prince Ousu has matured into a man, he is given pardon by the emperor and allowed to return to his father's castle. Unfortunately, not long after, his mother falls ill and mysteriously dies. This sends his brother into a rage, causing him to attack Ousu, who defends himself and kills his sibling in the process. His father, furious at these events, orders his son to leave the castle and not return until the barbarians living in the Kumaso domain are dealt with. The prince makes dealing with these barbarians his top priority, and quickly takes off. He stops at a shrine on his way, where, after a quick battle, he befriends the beautiful but mysterious Oto, who joins him on his journey. They, along with their companions Genbu and Seiryu, raid the barbarian castle, killing Kumaso Takeru and their god Kumasogami. Following this feat, the prince changes his name and becomes Yamato Takeru.

However, he still fails to win the acceptance of his father, and Yamato's aunt, warns him of a great threat looming overhead. The god Tsukuyomi is posed to return, endangering the Earth, and Yamato Takeru must prepare to halt this from occurring.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Masahiro Takashima   as   Ousu/Yamato Takeru
  • Yasuko Sawaguchi   as   Oto Tachibana
  • Hiroshi Abe   as   Tsukiyomi
  • Miyashi Ishibashi   as   Seiryu
  • Bengal   as   Genbu
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Emperor

Appearances

Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles, and Races

Gallery

Main article: Yamato Takeru (1994 film)/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Yamato Takeru (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon (English Title)
  • Madra the Eight-Headed Monster (Madra die Acht-Headed Monster; German)

Theatrical Releases

U.S. Release

Yamato Takeru was released in the U.S. under the title of Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon in 2004.

Box Office

The film did poorly in the box office.

Reception

Reception for the film has been very negative from both audiences and critics alike.

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the movie currently holds a 38% rotten approval rating from audiences, counting reviews from over one thousand individuals who viewed the film.

Toho Kingdom's Anthony Romero gave the movie a 1.5/5, citing it as "pretty lackluster across the board" being "plagued by a weak script and a hollow cast of characters", with "bland acting, [and] special effects", and a musical score that "would have been more appropriate for a television show". However, he does state that the monsters featured in the film "were well done in terms of details" but "are far less impressive once they are seen in motion".

Videos

Video Releases

Section 23 (2003)[1]

  • Released: September 30, 2003
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 105 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version

Trivia

  • The film was touted as being "an all new epic adventure" that was "from the creators of the original Godzilla."
  • Yamato Takeru's poor critical and commercial performance may have convinced Toho to reduce the budget and complexity for their film Godzilla vs. AstroGodzilla, which became Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.
  • Toho had intended to follow the film with a sequel, but this idea was discarded due to the film's poor reception and box office performance.
  • Yamato Takeru is a loose remake of Toho's 1959 epic, The Birth of Japan.

References

Films
Godzilla films
Showa era GodzillaGodzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechagodzillaTerror of Mechagodzilla
Heisei era The Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla IIGodzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. Destoroyah
Millennium series Godzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechagodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final Wars
TriStar Pictures Godzilla (1998 film)
MonsterVerse GodzillaGodzilla: King of the MonstersGodzilla vs. Kong
Toho reboot series Shin GodzillaGodzilla: Planet of the Monsters
King Kong films
Showa era King Kong (1933)Son of KongKing Kong vs. GodzillaKing Kong Escapes
Paramount film King Kong (1976)
Universal film King Kong (2005)
MonsterVerse Kong: Skull IslandGodzilla vs. Kong
Mothra films
Showa era Mothra
Heisei era Rebirth of MothraRebirth of Mothra IIRebirth of Mothra III
Gamera films
Showa era Gamera (1965)Gamera vs. BarugonGamera vs. GyaosGamera vs. VirasGamera vs. GuironGamera vs. JigerGamera vs. ZigraGamera: Super Monster
Heisei era Gamera: Guardian of the UniverseGamera 2: Attack of LegionGamera 3: Revenge of IrisGamera: The Brave
Reboot film Gamera (Upcoming film)
Other films
Showa era Japanese King KongKing Kong Appears in EdoThe Beast From 20,000 FathomsRodanThe MysteriansVaranWarning from SpaceH-ManThe Birth of JapanGorathKujira GamiAtragonMatangoDogoraFrankenstein vs. BaragonWar of the GargantuasDaimajinReturn of DaimajinWrath of DaimajinThe X From Outer SpaceGappaSpace AmoebaDaigoro vs. GoliathSubmersion of JapanProphecies of NostradamusThe Last DinosaurThe War in SpaceBye-Bye JupiterPulgasari
Heisei era Yamato Takeru
American films CloverfieldPacific RimPacific Rim: Uprising10 Cloverfield Lane
Miscellaneous Go! GodmanThe Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 SummitAttack on Titan
Cancelled or scrapped films
Showa era Bride of GodzillaThe Volcano MonstersKing Kong vs. PrometheusFrankenstein vs. The Human VaporGiant Horde Beast NezuraGamera The Giant Monster vs. The Ice Men From Outer SpaceBatman vs. GodzillaOperation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. EbirahGiant Monster GigantGiant Squid Monster ArkitiusGiant Monster MomonraReigon: Devil of the SeabedGodzilla vs. Hedorah sequelJet Jaguar vs. MegalonU.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaAll Monsters Attack DirectiveGodzilla vs. RedmoonGodzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense DirectiveThe Return of King GhidorahMechanical Monster GaruganGamera vs. GarasharpThe Legend of King KongDevil-MantaA Space GodzillaGodzilla vs. Asuka Fortress
Heisei era The Return of Godzilla (original draft)Mothra vs. BaganUntitled animated Godzilla filmGodzilla vs. King KongGodzilla vs. Mechani-KongThe Return of King GhidorahGodzilla vs. GigamothGodzilla vs. MechaMothraGodzilla vs. BerserkGodzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft)Gamera vs. PhoenixGodzilla vs. AstroGodzillaGodzilla vs. Ghost GodzillaGodzilla vs. Barubaroi
Millennium series Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla vs. Gamera
American films Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-DGodzilla (1994 film)Godzilla RebornGodzilla 3D to the MAX
TriStar Pictures Godzilla 2
MonsterVerse Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)

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