Yamato Takeru II

Unmade Film
Intended Release:
1997

Conceived by:

Wataru Mimura

Yamato Takeru II


Japanese Title

ヤマトタケル II
[Yamato Takeru II]

After defeating Tsukuyomi in his Orochi form, Yamato Takeru and Oto Tachibana continue their adventure, facing off against more gods and monsters. Eventually, their journey would culminate in a fierce battle against the combined forces of a revived Orochi and a new powerful foe: Bagan.

Background - Images - Concept Evolution

LOST PROJECT HISTORY

Originally, Yamato Takeru (1994) was going to be the first entry in a trilogy of films loosely based upon the Kojiki legend, the same story that the 1959 production The Three Treasures was based on. The second movie in the series was going to feature a mix of old and new monsters, while also reuniting most of the principal crew behind the first film, including special effects director Koichi Kawakita and director Takao Okawara. Unfortunately, the 1994 movie did poorly at the box office for a special effects film, prompting producer Shogo Tomiyama to delay the sequel for a possible summer release in 1997 before dropping the project altogether.


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Background and Trivia

  • Toho publicly stated their intention of making a trilogy around Yamato Takeru back during the initial film's release. This fact is found in the 1994 publication 40th Anniversary Commemoration: Godzilla Complete Works (ISBN 9784061784178).
  • While not much is known about what other monsters would have be featured in the movie, both Orochi and Bagan were specifically mentioned to have roles of some sort in the 2012 Japanese publication Heisei Godzilla Perfection (ISBN 4048861190).
  • Director Takao Okawara has stated in an interview that the Yamato Takeru franchise was originally supposed to be a trilogy. However, after reading the script for Yamato Takeru II, Okawara told producer Shogo Tomiyama that it was "just no good" and the project never saw the light of day. This recount is found in the magazine Fangoria #195 which was published in 2000.