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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

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 ...
Ship Survivor
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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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LOVE CRAZED MONSTER CRUSHES WORLD! (original USA poster-all caps) See more »


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Trivia

A scene explaining the origins of Mothra and the fairies was planned, but deemed too long and dropped from the final draft. 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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Soundtracks

Mosura no uta
(uncredited)
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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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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