Tatlong taong walang Diyos

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Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos
Digitally Remastered Film Poster
Directed by Mario O'Hara
Produced by Nora Aunor
Written by Mario O'Hara
Starring Nora Aunor
Christopher De Leon
Rafael Roco, Jr.
Music by Minda D. Azarcon
Cinematography Conrado Baltazar
Edited by Efren Jarlego
Ike Jarlego Jr
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
118 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Filipino

Tatlong Taóng Walang Diyos (Filipino for "Three Godless Years") is a 1976 award-winning Filipino period film by Mario O'Hara starring Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, and Bembol Roco.


The film, set during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines between 1942 and 1944, tells the story of Rosario (Aunor), a young schoolteacher engaged to be married to Crispin (Roco). Crispin leaves Rosario to fight the Japanese as a guerilla, and in his absence a Japanese-Filipino officer named Masugi (De León) rapes her.

Masugi later returns to Rosario apologizing for his act, bearing gifts of canned food and rice which Rosario at first refuses. Matters are complicated when Rosario's father Mang Andoy (Mario Escudero) is arrested by the Japanese and Rosario reveals to Masugi that she is pregnant. Rosario must make a choice: accept Masugi's proposal to make her his wife (saving her father and ensuring a safe and stable life for her child), or reject him and the baby they have conceived together.


Original theatrical release poster



Reviews were very positive, with Pio de Castro III of The Times Journal in 1976 calling it "one of the best films" of the year.[1] Film critic Noel Vera agreed, calling the movie the "greatest Filipino film ever made",[2] and Vincenzo Tagle stated in 2012 that it "still remains unsurpassed".[3]

Digitally Restored[edit]

In 2016, the ABS-CBN Film Restoration, restored and digitally remastered the film and will have its premiere on November 15, 2016.

Awards and Recognition[edit]

Year Group Category Nominee Result
1977 FAMAS Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best Director Mario O'Hara Nominated
Best Picture NV Productions Nominated
Gawad Urian Awards (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino) Best Actress Nora Aunor Won
Best in Cinematography Conrado Baltazar Nominated

List of Film Festival Competed or Exhibited[edit]

  • 1981 - Official Selection, Filipino Cinema Panorama, 3rd Festival Des 3 Continents, Nantes, Dec. 1-8
  • 1995 - 2nd Asian Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan, December 18–19
  • 2003 - Philippine Film Festival Fukuoka City, Japan, November 1–16
  • 2004 - Asian Cinemas: “Fertile and Diverse,” National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, May 19–26, 2004


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