Ramayana (1942)

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Ramayana
The title card of Ramayana
Directed by Eiji Tsuburaya[1]
Producer(s) Iwao Mori (organizer)[2]
Written by Kohan Kawauchi[2]
Production company Toho[2]
Distributor Film Distribution Company
Running time 17 minutes

Ramayana (ラーマーヤナ,   Rāmāyana) is a 1942[1][2] Japanese tokusatsu short film produced by Toho, and based on the Hindu legend of the same name.[3] Extremely little is known of the short, due in part to its lack of opening or ending credits; however, it was directed by Eiji Tsuburaya and written by Kohan Kawauchi, who would later create Japan's first television superhero series Moonlight Mask, among numerous other works. The film surfaced online after being broadcast on the Japanese specialty channel NECO on August 21, 2003.

Plot[edit | edit source]

While dancing with animals, Ravana abducts Sita from Rama, Ravana returns to the Kingdom of Lanka the kidnapping of his wife leaves Rama and a group of animals to invade Lankapura, Ravana hides as Lankapura burns.

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

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Ramayana/Gallery.

Videos[edit | edit source]

The full short, recorded from a
2003 Channel NECO broadcast

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Les/Sandbox/Ramayana. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Asano, Eiko (30 October 2019). The Era of Sculptor Mofu Asano 1900-1984. ISBN 978-4826507028.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Asano, Eiko (18 February 2020). 関西広域)太平洋戦争中の特撮人形劇映画、制作現場の写真見つかる 人形は浅野孟府作. Voice of Nara.
  3. Ramayana - Japanese giant monster movie before Godzilla?. Classic Horror Film Board.

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