Ramayana (1942)

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The title card of Ramayana
Directed by Hiroshi Shimizu
Producer(s) Iwao Mori
Written by Kohan Kawauchi
Distributor Toho
Running time 17 minutes

Ramayana (ラーマーヤナ,   Rāmāyana) is a Japanese tokusatsu short film produced by Toho during the early 1940s, based on the Hindu legend of the same name. Extremely little is known of the short, due in part to its lack of opening or ending credits; however, it is believed to have been written by Kohan Kawauchi, who would later create Japan's first television superhero series Moonlight Mask, among numerous other works. Its special effects are also rumored to have been directed by Eiji Tsuburaya. The film surfaced online after being broadcasted on the Japanese specialty channel NECO on August 21, 2003.


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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Hiroshi Shimizu
  • Written by   Kohan Kawauchi
  • Produced by   Iwao Mori
  • Director of special effects   Eiji Tsuburaya
  • Puppets sculpted by   Mofu Asano[1]


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.



  • Ravana


Main article: Ramayana/Gallery.


The full short, recorded from a
2003 Channel NECO broadcast


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