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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 overview, first billed only:
Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA Bulldog)
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Photographer Michi Hanamura
Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Yumi Ito)
Emi Itô ...
Jerry Itô ...
Kurâruku Neruson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara ...
Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata ...
Kenji Sahara ...
Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Military Advisor
Ren Yamamoto ...
Ship Survivor
Haruya Katô ...
Ship Survivor


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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Did You Know?


For years it was thought that Rolisica was actually based on the United States. However, it was revealed years later that it was based on both the United States and the Soviet Union. In fact, the name of the nation of Rolisica is a hybrid of Russia and America. The name of the country originally was going to be Roshirica. Also, the Rolisican flag is a hybrid of the American "Stars and Stripes" and the Russian "Hammer and Sickle". See more »


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 »


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 »


Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Godzilla Raids Again (2008) See more »


Infanto no musume
Written by Kôji Kajita (as Susumu Ike)
Performed by Za Pînattsu
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Better than Average Toho film
4 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think what makes this movie special is not the "giant insect" aspect but the mysticism involved. Godzilla is a legend in the original at least but Mothra is actually a deity--and a hands-on deity at that. Inlikethe other creatures in this bestiary, Monthra is beloved of those who live with it and is protected by it, often by direct intercession.

Unlike the other monsters, Mothra can die, and has done so. But it continues to protect its people by reproducing the old fashioned way--it lays eggs. IT is also intelligent and intuitive, and its nature is NOT aggressive or violent. It's almost Buddhist in nature.

The only other time they tried to work this kind of mysticism into these movies was with King Cesar--a giant cocker spaniel with contacts. The beast was just too goofy to be taken seriously.

Mothra is a great addition to the canon.

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