GenreDrama, Romance, War ScreenplayMario OHara WriterMario OHara LanguageFilipino
Release date1976 Initial releaseNovember 19, 1976 (Philippines) CastNora Aunor (Rosario), Christopher de Leon (Masugi), Bembol Roco (Crispin (as Rafael Roco Jr.)), Orlando Nadres (Padre Daniel (as Orlando R. Nadres)), Peque Gallaga (Francis), Mario Escudero (Mang Andoy) Similar moviesJust a Question of Love, Mad Max: Fury Road, August Rush, Rocky, The Legend of Paul and Paula, Aurélien
Tatlong Taóng Walang Diyos (lit. Three Years Without God) is a 1976 Filipino period film directed by Mario O'Hara starring Nora Aunor, Christopher De Leon, and Bembol Roco.
Remembering mario o hara s tatlong taong walang diyos three godless years
The film, set during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines between 1942 and 1944, tells the story of Rosario (Aunor), a young schoolteacher engaged to be married to Crispin (Roco). Crispin leaves Rosario to fight the Japanese as a guerilla, and in his absence a Japanese-Filipino officer named Masugi (De León) rapes her.
Masugi later returns to Rosario apologizing for his act, bearing gifts of canned food and rice which Rosario at first refuses. Matters are complicated when Rosario's father Mang Andoy (Mario Escudero) is arrested by the Japanese and Rosario reveals to Masugi that she is pregnant. Rosario must make a choice: accept Masugi's proposal to make her his wife (saving her father and ensuring a safe and stable life for her child), or reject him and the baby they have conceived together.
Cast and characters
Nora Aunor as Rosario
Christopher De Leon as Masugi
Rafael Roco, Jr. as Crispin
Yolanda Luna as Sion
Mario Escudero as Andoy
Peque Gallaga as Francis
Mario Escudero as Andoy
Licerio Tabalon as Lito
Yolanda Luna as Aling Luna
Mario O'Hara - director
Nora Aunor - producer
Conrado Baltazar - cinematographer
Minda D. Azarcon - music
Christopher De Leon - executive producer
Antonia Villamayor - associate producer
Anastacio Villamayor - associate producer
Reviews were very positive, with Pio de Castro III of The Times Journal in 1976 calling it "one of the best films" of the year. Film critic Noel Vera agreed, calling the movie the "greatest Filipino film ever made", and Vincenzo Tagle stated in 2012 that it "still remains unsurpassed".
In 2016, ABS-CBN Corporation commissioned the film to be digitally restored and remastered by L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy as part of their ABS-CBN Film Restoration Project. The restoration of the film was supervised by Davide Pozzi. The restored version premiered at the 2016 Cinema One Originals film festival on November 15, 2016 .
List of film festival exhibitions
1981 - Official Selection, Filipino Cinema Panorama, 3rd Festival Des 3 Continents, Nantes, Dec. 1-8
1995 - 2nd Asian Film Festival, Tokyo, Japan, December 18–19
2003 - Philippine Film Festival Fukuoka City, Japan, November 1–16
2004 - Asian Cinemas: “Fertile and Diverse,” National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, May 19–26, 2004