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- This page is about the historical figure. For the 1994 film titled Yamato Takeru in Japan, see Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon.
Yamato Takeru (ヤマトタケル, born Prince Ousu Yamato Takeru) (小碓命, is a legendary prince of Ousu no Mikoto)Japan's Yamato dynasty, who lived between 72 and 114 A.D. Yamato Takeru's life is documented in classical Japanese historical chronicles such as the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, and the story of his life has been adapted into film twice by Toho; first in 1959 with The Three Treasures where he is played by Toshiro Mifune, and later in 1994's Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon in which he is played by Masahiro Takashima.
Yamato Takeru was born as Prince Ousu of Japan's Yamato dynasty. After defeating the Kumaso brothers, Ousu took the name Yamato Takeru, meaning "the bravest Yamato." Yamato Takeru's name is usually spelled in katakana characters, but is sometimes spelled in kanji as well. There are multiple possible kanji spellings of his name, but The Three Treasures uses the spelling 倭建命. In the film Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon, his name is spelled only in katakana.
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