The Birth of Japan

The Birth of Japan


日本誕生
Nihon Tanjō
Birth of Japan
Also known as The Three Treasures
Director Hiroshi Inagaki
Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya
Producer Sanezumi Fujimoto
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay Toshio Yasumi
Ryuzo Kikushima
Art Director Kisaku Ito
Photography Kazuo Yamada
Music Akira Ifukube
Sound Yoshio Nishikawa
Hisashi Shimonaga
Lighting Shoshichi Kojima
Editor Kazuji Taira
Special Effects Photography Sadamasa Arikawa
Production Companies Toho
Release Date October 25, 1959
Runtime 182 minutes

日本誕生
Nihon Tanjō
Birth of Japan
Director Hiroshi Inagaki
Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya
Producer Sanezumi Fujimoto
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay Toshio Yasumi
Ryuzo Kikushima
Art Director Kisaku Ito
Photography Kazuo Yamada
Music Akira Ifukube
Sound Yoshio Nishikawa
Hisashi Shimonaga
Lighting Shoshichi Kojima
Editor Kazuji Taira
Special Effects Photography Sadamasa Arikawa
Also known as The Three Treasures
Production Companies Toho
Release Date October 25, 1959
Runtime 182 minutes

Ousu, a prince of Yamato, is next in line to inherit the throne from his father, the Emperor. Otomo, the senior advisor to the Emperor, despises Ousu, and intends to displace him with one of the Emperor’s weaker sons. In an attempt to rid himself of Ousu, he influences the Emperor to send the prince on a mission to conquer the ruthless Kumaso brothers, who rule the region abutting Yamato. In preparation, Ousu travels to the Ise Shrine to be blessed by the priestesses there. He meets Tachibana, a priestess sworn to remain a virgin at the shrine for her life. Tachibana and Ousu are attracted to each other, but cannot hope for anything more than a platonic friendship.

Ousu leads his men into Kumaso and smuggles himself into the court of the Kumaso brothers. Ousu slays the elder Kumaso outright and duels the younger Kumaso to the death. The younger Kumaso confesses his admiration of Ousu, and bestows the title “Yamato Takeru” on him. Ousu returns to Yamato victorious, much to the displeasure of Otomo. Otomo immediately sends Ousu out on another mission, this time to neutralize Owari. Ousu intends to marry the princess of the Owari and resolve the situation without violence, but his relationship with Tachibana complicates the matter. Otomo bribes an Owari village chief into laying a trap for Ousu, but the plan fails. Ousu decides to take Tachibana to wife and flee Japan.

At sea, Ousu has a change of heart and decides to return to Japan and be reconciled with the Emperor. On the return voyage the ship is caught in a terrible storm. Tachibana throws herself into the ocean as penance for violating her oaths as a priestess, and the storm dissipates. Ousu and his men make for Yamato, but are intercepted by Otomo’s men. Ousu is struck down, but his vengeful spirit causes a volcanic eruption to consume Otomo’s men. Ousu’s surviving generals rally the Yamato people to rebuild their nation in honor of Ousu.

Top Billed Cast

Toshiro Mifune Prince Ousu
Susano-o
Yoko Tsukasa Oto Tachibana
Kumi Mizuno Azami
Misa Uehara Kushinada
Kyoko Kagawa Princess Miyazu
Kinuyo Tanaka Prince Yamato
Nobuko Otowa Dancing Goddess
Haruko Sugimura Storyteller
Akira Kubo Prince Ioki
Akira Takarada Prince Wakatarashi
Ganjiro Nakamura Emperor Keiko
Eijiro Tono Otomo
Akihiko Hirata Takehiko
Ko Mishima Yakumo
Hisaya Ito Kodate Otomo
Jun Tazaki Kurohiko
Takashi Shimura Elder Kumaso
Kichijiro Ueda Hachihara
Yoshio Kosugi Inaba
Kozo Nomura Makeri Otomo
Yu Fujiki Kojikahi
Keiko Muramatsu Izanami
Chieko Nakakita Tenazuchi
Bokuzen Hidari Diety
Minosuke Yamada Okuri
Akira Sera Anazuchi
Hajime Izu Prince Oji
Yoshibumi Tajima Deity
Fuyuki Murakami Deity
Akira Tani Deity
Junichiro Mukai Moroto
Ikio Sawamura Deity
Senkichi Omura Yamato Villager
Yutaka Sada Yamato Villager
Mitsuo Tsuda Yamato Soldier
Nadao Kirino Yamato Soldier
Shin Otomo Kumaso Soldier
Shoichi Hirose Kumaso Soldier
Shiro Tsuchiya Yamato Soldier
Fuminto Matsuo Yamato Villager
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi Yamato Soldier
Takuzo Kumagai Yamato Villager
Haruya Sakamoto Yamato Soldier
Rinsaku Ogata Yamato Soldier
Hiroyuki Wakita Izanagi
Hideyo Amamoto Deity
Keiju Kobayashi Amatsumara
Daisuke Kato Futodama
Norihei Miki Koyane
Ichiro Arishima Ridouri
Kingoro Yanagiya Omoikane
Kenichi Enomoto Tamaso
Taro Asahiyo Tajikarao
Koji Tsuruta Younger Kumaso
Setsuko Hara Amaterasu

Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically

Ken Echigo Yamato Soldier
Yukihiko Gondo Yamato Villager
Kazuo Hinata Utte Villager
Naoya Kusakawa Utte Soldier
Akio Kusama Deity
Yamato Villager
Junpei Natsuki Owari Villager
Yutaka Oka Deity
Keiji Sakakida Yamato Villager
Masaaki Tachibana Yamato Soldier
Kamayuki Tsubono Otomo Soldier
Ren Yamamoto Yamato Soldier
Top Billed Cast
Toshiro Mifune Prince Ousu
Susano-o
Yoko Tsukasa Oto Tachibana
Kumi Mizuno Azami
Misa Uehara Kushinada
Kyoko Kagawa Princess Miyazu
Kinuyo Tanaka Prince Yamato
Nobuko Otowa Dancing Goddess
Haruko Sugimura Storyteller
Akira Kubo Prince Ioki
Akira Takarada Prince Wakatarashi
Ganjiro Nakamura Emperor Keiko
Eijiro Tono Otomo
Akihiko Hirata Takehiko
Ko Mishima Yakumo
Hisaya Ito Kodate Otomo
Jun Tazaki Kurohiko
Takashi Shimura Elder Kumaso
Kichijiro Ueda Hachihara
Yoshio Kosugi Inaba
Kozo Nomura Makeri Otomo
Yu Fujiki Kojikahi
Keiko Muramatsu Izanami
Chieko Nakakita Tenazuchi
Bokuzen Hidari Diety
Minosuke Yamada Okuri
Akira Sera Anazuchi
Hajime Izu Prince Oji
Yoshibumi Tajima Deity
Fuyuki Murakami Deity
Akira Tani Deity
Junichiro Mukai Moroto
Ikio Sawamura Deity
Senkichi Omura Yamato Villager
Yutaka Sada Yamato Villager
Mitsuo Tsuda Yamato Soldier
Nadao Kirino Yamato Soldier
Shin Otomo Kumaso Soldier
Shoichi Hirose Kumaso Soldier
Shiro Tsuchiya Yamato Soldier
Fuminto Matsuo Yamato Villager
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi Yamato Soldier
Takuzo Kumagai Yamato Villager
Haruya Sakamoto Yamato Soldier
Rinsaku Ogata Yamato Soldier
Hiroyuki Wakita Izanagi
Hideyo Amamoto Deity
Keiju Kobayashi Amatsumara
Daisuke Kato Futodama
Norihei Miki Koyane
Ichiro Arishima Ridouri
Kingoro Yanagiya Omoikane
Kenichi Enomoto Tamaso
Taro Asahiyo Tajikarao
Koji Tsuruta Younger Kumaso
Setsuko Hara Amaterasu
Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically
Ken Echigo Yamato Soldier
Yukihiko Gondo Yamato Villager
Kazuo Hinata Utte Villager
Naoya Kusakawa Utte Soldier
Akio Kusama Deity
Yamato Villager
Junpei Natsuki Owari Villager
Yutaka Oka Deity
Keiji Sakakida Yamato Villager
Masaaki Tachibana Yamato Soldier
Kamayuki Tsubono Otomo Soldier
Ren Yamamoto Yamato Soldier
製作
Producer
藤本真澄
Sanezumi Fujimoto

田中友幸
Tomoyuki Tanaka
脚本
Screenplay
八住利雄
Toshio Yasumi

菊島隆三
Ryuzo Kikushima
美術監督
Art Director
伊藤熹朔
Kisaku Ito
撮影
Photography
山田一夫
Kazuo Yamada
音楽
Music
伊福部昭
Akira Ifukube
美術
Art
植田寛
Hiroshi Ueda
録音
Sound
西川善男
Yoshio Nishikawa

下永尚
Hisashi Shimonaga
照明
Lighting
小島正七
Shoshichi Kojima
監督助手
Assistant Director
丸輝夫
Teruo Maru
編集
Editor
平一二
Kazuji Taira
現像
Developing
東京現像所
Tokyo Laboratory
製作担当者
Production Manager
川上勝太郎
Katsutaro Kawakami
特殊技術
Special Effects

光学撮影
Optical Photography
荒木秀三郎
Shozaburo Araki
撮影
Photography
有川貞昌
Sadamasa Arikawa
美術
Art
渡辺明
Akira Watanabe
照明
Lighting
岸田九一郎
Kuichiro Kishida
作画合成
Compositing
向山宏
Hiroshi Mukoyama
出演者
Performers


三船敏郎
Toshiro Mifune

司葉子
Yoko Tsukasa

水野久美
Kumi Mizuno

上原美佐
Misa Uehara

香川京子
Kyoko Kagawa

田中絹代
Kinuyo Tanaka

乙羽信子
Nobuko Otowa

杉村春子
Haruko Sugimura

久保明
Akira Kubo

宝田明
Akira Takarada

中村鴈治郎(大映)
Ganjiro Nakamura (Daiei)

東野英治郎
Eijiro Tono

平田昭彦
Akihiko Hirata

三島耕
Ko Mishima

伊藤久哉
Hisaya Ito

田崎潤
Jun Tazaki

志村喬
Takashi Shimura

上田吉二郎
Kichijiro Ueda

小杉義男
Yoshio Kosugi

野村浩三
Kozo Nomura

藤木悠
Yu Fujiki

環三千世
Michiyo Kan

村松恵子
Keiko Muramatsu

村田嘉久子
Kakuko Murata

中北千枝子
Chieko Nakakita

左卜全
Bokuzen Hidari

山田巳之助
Minosuke Yamada

瀬良明
Akira Sera

伊豆肇
Hajime Izu

田島義文
Yoshibumi Tajima

村上冬樹
Fuyuki Murakami

谷晃
Akira Tani

向井淳一郎
Junichiro Mukai

沢村いき雄
Ikio Sawamura

大村千吉
Senkichi Omura

佐田豊
Yutaka Sada

久世竜
Ryu Kuze

桜井巨郎
Giro Sakurai

津田光男
Mitsuo Tsuda

桐野洋雄
Nadao Kirino

大友伸
Shin Otomo

手塚勝巳
Katsumi Tezuka

長島正芳
Masayoshi Nagashima

広瀬正一
Shoichi Hirose

土屋詩朗
Shiro Tsuchiya

松尾文人
Fuminto Matsuo

堤康久
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi

増田正雄
Masuo Masuda

熊谷二良
Jiro Kumagai

岡部正
Tadashi Okabe

上村幸之
Yoshiyuki Uemura

重信安宏
Yasuhiro Shigenobu

坂本晴哉
Haruya Sakamoto

緒方燐作
Rinsaku Ogata

秋元泉
Izumi Akimoto

山口博義
Hiroshi Yamaguchi

北野明
Akira Kitano

山田彰
Akira Yamada

脇田博行
Hiroyuki Wakita

天本英世
Hideyo Amamoto

岩本弘司
Koji Iwamoto

家田佳子
Yoshiko Ieda

岸田翠
Midori Kishida

河美智子
Michiko Kawa

飛鳥みさ子
Misako Asuka

樋口年子
Toshiko Higuchi

三田照子
Teruko Mita

上野明美
Akemi Ueno
振付
Choreography
猿若清方
Kiyoshi Saraga

小林桂樹
Keiju Kobayashi

加東大介
Daisuke Kato

三木のり平
Norihei Miki

有島一郎
Ichiro Arishima

柳家金語楼
Kingoro Yanagiya

榎本健一
Kenichi Enomoto

朝汐太郎
Taro Asahiyo

鶴田浩二
Koji Tsuruta

原節子
Setsuko Hara
特撮監督
Special Effects Director
円谷英二
Eiji Tsuburaya
監督
Director
稲垣浩
Hiroshi Inagaki