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Mothra (1961)

Mosura (original title)
Passed | | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 10 May 1962 (USA)
Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA Bulldog)
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
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Photographer Michi Hanamura
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Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Yumi Ito)
Emi Itô ...
Jerry Itô ...
Kurâruku Neruson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara ...
Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata ...
Doctor
Kenji Sahara ...
Helicopter Pilot
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General
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News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Military Advisor
Ren Yamamoto ...
Ship Survivor
Haruya Katô ...
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Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were protected by a special juice that was given to them by the island's residents. A joint expedition of Rolisican and Japanese scientists explores Beiru and discovers many curious things, including two women only one foot (30 centimeters) high. Unscrupulous expedition leader Clark Nelson abducts the women and puts them in a vaudeville show. But their sweet singing contains a telepathic cry for help to Mothra, a gigantic moth that is worshiped as a deity by the island people. The giant monster heeds the call of the women and heads to Tokyo, wreaking destruction in its path. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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EARTH QUAKES AS MONSTER SEEKS TINY MATES! (original USA poster-all caps) See more »


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Trivia

This movie is thought to have popularized the notion of presenting giant monsters in Japanese movies as their own individual, identifiable characters, rather than menaces who are meant to be defeated. Tellingly, Mothra is presented as more of a hero than an evil or mindless beast. This change in characterization would carry over to other famous giant monster characters, most notably Godzilla, as they would become similar to the early Western monster movie characters made popular in the Universal horror films (Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, etc.) rather than the bestial and often interchangeable, generic Western notion of giant monsters. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Shinichi is showing the symbols he discovered in the cave to Senchan, you can see someone in black pants and shoes walking down the stairs behind Senchan's head. See more »

Quotes

ShobijinShobijin: Mothra will soon be here.
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda: Mothra?
ShobijinShobijin: Mothra, she'll rescue us, and return us to our island!
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Crazy Credits

The U.S. version, as released by Columbia Pictures, has an extensive cast listing. However, the names of Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi and Kyoko Kagawa are missing. They are the top billed stars of the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Infanto no musume
Written by Kôji Kajita (as Susumu Ike)
Performed by Za Pînattsu
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Perhaps the Greatest Competitor to Godzilla?
12 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru, an island previously used for atomic tests. Amazingly free of radiation effects, they believe they were protected by a special juice given to them by the natives.

Nothing much to say about this one. I only knew Mothra as an adversary to Godzilla and was interested in seeing the film where he debuts and predates his epic fight with the lizard of destruction. It is a good story and gets to the heart of the Mothra myth with the singing fairies that summon him.

While maybe not as iconic as Godzilla, Mothra is a kaiju worthy of his own film series (which he has), and those interested in Toho's work really ought to check it out.


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