The Three Treasures

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The Three Treasures
Japanese film poster
Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on Kojiki and Nihon Shoki
Cinematography Kazuo Yamada[1]
Distributed by Toho
Release date
  • 1 November 1959 (1959-11-01) (Japan)
Running time
182 minutes[1]
Country Japan

The Three Treasures (日本誕生, Nippon Tanjō, lit. Birth of Japan) is a 1959 Japanese film directed by Hiroshi Inagaki. The film is based on the legends Kojiki and Nihon Shoki and the origins of Shinto.[1] The film was highest grossing film of 1959 for Toho that year and the second highest grossing domestic production in Japan of the year.


The Three Treasures retells the story of the Yamata no Orochi legend, and features the great adventure of Susanoo as he fights the legendary serpent Orochi, in order to save the maidens of a village in the newly-formed Japanese country.



Stuart Galbraith IV described the film as a religious epic in the style of director Cecil B. DeMille that featured "virtually every star and bit player on the Toho lot".[1]


The Three Treasures was distributed theatrically in Japan by Toho on November 1, 1959.[1] The film was Toho's most profitable film of the year and second highest grossing domestic film of 1959.[1] The film was released in the United States by Toho International Company with English-language subtitles on December 20, 1960.[1] This version of the film was cut to 112 minutes.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Galbraith IV 2008, p. 161.


  • Galbraith IV, Stuart (2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 1461673747. Retrieved October 29, 2013.

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