Nichiren and the Great Mongol Invasion (1958)


Nichiren and the Great Mongol Invasion (日蓮と蒙古大襲来, Nichiren to Mōko Daishūrai) is a 1958 Japanese drama film directed by Kunio Watanabe.


Nichiren, a famous Japanese Buddhist monk who returns from his studies to create a new form of Buddhism in preparation for fighting the Mongol invaders during the 1200s. A Buddhist sect and their government supporters target him and he is persecuted for it. Will Nichiren be able to survive before the Mongols threaten Japanese shores?


  • Kazuo Hasegawa … Nichiren.
  • Raizo Ichikawa … Hojo Tokimune.
  • Takashi Shimura.
  • Shintaro Katsu … Shijo Kingo.
  • Naritoshi Hayashi … Nichiro.
  • Shoji Umewaka … Hiki Kojiro.
  • Yatarao Kurokawa … Nissho.
  • Chikage Awashima … Yoshino.
  • Junko Kano … Hagie.
  • Ganjiro Nakamura.


  • This widescreen epic was produced at the height of the Cold War referring to the failed Mongol invasion as a metaphor for the threat of communism and reified an idealised image of Japan as historically resisting aggression from the Chinese mainland.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Kunio Watanabe.
  • Producer(s):
    • Masaichi Nagata … executive producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Fuji Yahrio … screenplay.
    • Kunio Watanabe … screenplay.
  • Music:
    • Eiichi Yamada … original music composer.
  • Cinematography:
    • Takashi Watanabe … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
  • Distributor(s):
    • Daiei Studios.
  • Release Date: 01 October 1958.
  • Running Time: 145 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: Japan.
  • Language: Japanese.

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