"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Friday, June 20, 2008

"EIJI AND THE EIGHT-HEADED SERPENT"
From THE THREE TREASURES (1959)

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Tsuburaya poses with the Yamata-no-Orochi prop.

6 comments:

Lee said...

I've never seen "The Three Treasures" though I've heard of it. Do you think the creature "Orochi" was an inspiration for the monster Ghidrah, August?

Karswell said...

I have a poor quality vhs bootleg of The Three Treasures that I found at a convention years ago... no translation either but I still found it to be completely engrossing. I would love to see this released in the US someday with subtitles. How about a double feature with The Lost World of Sinbad, or Adventure of Taklamakan?

August Ragone said...

Lee,
The "Yamata-no-Orochi" was undoubtedly in their minds in the creation of King Ghidora. They also drew from other mythological Asiatic dragons, as well.

Karswell,
It would be great to have the film released in the U.S. in its entirety (it runs just over three hours). But, I can't see it paired with either of the two films you cite — rather, I'd like to see SINBAD and TAKLAMAKAN packaged together.

Cheers,
August

Karswell said...

>I'd like to see SINBAD and TAKLAMAKAN packaged together.

Totally.

jeffree g. moore said...

sorry to state the obvious but- beautiful photo!

August Ragone said...

State on, Jeffree!

Cheers,
August