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Mothra (1961)
"Mosura" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  10 May 1962 (USA)
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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... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Sakai ...
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA: 'Bulldog')
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Photographer Michi Hanamura
Ken Uehara ...
Dr. Harada
Emi Itô ...
Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Emi Ito)
Yûmi Itô ...
Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Yumi Ito)
Jerry Ito ...
Clark Nelson (as Jelly Ito)
News Editor
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Nelson's Henchman
Akihiro Tayama ...
Shinji Chûjô (as Masamitsu Tayma)
Obel Wyatt ...
Dr. Roff
Akihiko Hirata ...
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
General (as Seizaburo Kawazu)
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Military Advisor
Robert Dunham ...
Rolisican Cop


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. A joint expedition of Rolithican and Japanese scientists explores Beiru and discovers many curious things, including two women only a foot 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, the gigantic moth worshiped as a goddess by the island people. Mothra seeks the women in Tokyo, wreaking the usual havoc and special effects. Written by Molly Malloy <>

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island | mothra | moth | weapon | havoc | See more »


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


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Release Date:

10 May 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mothra  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A different ending was originally planned where Nelson and his goons kidnap Shinji rather than tie him up. They then head for Rolisica via Nelson's private plane, but the plane would wind up crashing in Kyushu and Chujo, Senchiro and the police would track them to a cave where Shinji would break free and take the case containing the fairies. Shinji would then open the case and the fairies would telepathically contact Mothra and she would fly to where the action was and - in a final confrontation with Nelson and his goons - end up killing them and flying back to Infant Island with the fairies. 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

In the credits for the U.S. version, including promo material released by Columbia Pictures, Eurasian model Jerry Ito (who plays the villianous Mr. Nelson) is billed as "Jelly Ito." See more »


Featured in Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002) See more »


(The Mothra Song)
Music by Yuji Koseki
Lyrics by Susumu Ike
Performed by The Peanuts (Emi Itô and Yûmi Itô)
Published by Toho Music Publishing
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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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