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Mothra (1961)
"Mosura" (original title)

 -  Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  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:
Furankî Sakai ...
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA: 'Bulldog')
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Photographer Michi Hanamura
Za Pînattsu
Yûmi Itô ...
Emi Itô ...
Jerry Itô ...
Clark Nelson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara ...
Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata ...
Doctor
Kenji Sahara ...
Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburô Kawazu ...
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News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Military Advisor
Ren Yamamoto ...
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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 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 <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Mightiest monster in all creation! Ravishing a universe for love! See more »


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Trivia

Jerry Itô's slow stilted delivery of his Japanese dialog fit his character as a foreigner speaking Japanese. This was not an intentional part of his performance. At the time this was made, Jerry Ito had been studying the Japanese language for over six months and was not completely fluent. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Mothra vs. Godzilla (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Mosura no uta
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Music by Yûji Koseki
Lyrics by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishirô Honda and Shin'ichi Sekizawa (as Kôji Yuki)
Performed by Za Pînattsu
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Very good!
5 March 1999 | by (Planet X) – See all my reviews

I've always thought Mothra is one of my favorite Kaiju creatures of all time. She is actually a nice monster, but she spares no ones life, because she is more concerned about her sacred nymphs that were captured by people who want money and money only. But for some reason, I've had a feeling that this "might" have been an inspiration for Gamera to be another nice Kaiju. But this is still pretty cool.

Toho has 3 Mothra movies for us now (including one being made this year)! They are just as good (if a bit campier) as this movie.


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