Yamato Takeru II

Unmade Film
Intended Release:

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


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 Three Treasures (1959) 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).
  • In a message to the audience, which is found in the theatrical pamphlet for Yamato Takeru, writer Wataru Mimura was already alluding to this proposed sequel. The segment, which is included as a "PS" at the end of a larger statement on the 1994 film, mentions that Yamato Takeru and Oto Tachibana's fight isn't over and that this is "just the beginning of the far-reaching epic that awaits them".
  • 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.
  • In the 2017 Japanese mook Tokusatsu Hiho Vol. 6 (ISBN 4800312493), Toho monster designer Minoru Yoshida revealed in an interview that had the Yamato Takeru series continued, it would have featured the likes of Godzilla, King Ghidorah, and Bagan somewhere down the line.