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Release Date:
10 May 1962 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Incredible! Inconceivable! World wrecked as monster hunts human mates! See more »
Plot:
Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru, an island previously used for atomic tests. Amazingly free of radiation effects... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Furankî Sakai ... Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA: 'Bulldog')
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Dr. Shin'ichi Chûjô
Kyôko Kagawa ... Photographer Michi Hanamura
Za Pînattsu
Yûmi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Jerry Itô ... Clark Nelson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara ... Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata ... Doctor
Kenji Sahara ... Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburô Kawazu ... General

Takashi Shimura ... News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi ... Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Military Advisor
Ren Yamamoto ... Ship Survivor
Haruya Katô ... Ship Survivor
Kô Mishima ... Ship Survivor (scenes deleted)
Tetsu Nakamura ... Nelson's Henchman
Shôichi Hirose ... Dam Worker
Hiroshi Takagi ... Nelson's Henchman
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Woodcutter
Teruko Mita ... Rest House Owner's Wife
Kôji Iwamoto ... Nelson's Henchman
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Surveyor
Masamitsu Tayama ... Shinji Chûjô
Toshio Miura ... Nelson's Henchman
Tadashi Okabe ... Surveyor
Akira Wakamatsu ... Nelson's Henchman
Yutaka Nakayama ... Radio Communicator
Osman Yusuf ... Nelson's Rolisican Henchman (as Jonii Yusefu)
Obel Wyatt ... Dr. Roff (as Ôberu Waiatto)
Harold Conway ... Rolisican Ambassador (as Harorudo Konwei)
Robert Dunham ... Rolisican Cop (as Robâto Danhamu)
Akira Yamada ... Island Worshipper
Kôji Uno ... Police Officer
Wataru Ômae ... Official
Toshihiko Furuta ... Dam Worker
Keisuke Matsuyama ... Shipmate
Kôji Kamimura ... Small Role
Katsumi Tezuka ... Neck of Mosura Larva
Takeo Nagashima ... Island Dancer
Mitsuo Matsumoto ... Police Officer
Hideo Shibuya ... Journalist (as Shinpei Mitsui)
Kazuo Hinata ... Official
Shigeo Katô ... Dam Watchman
Rinsaku Ogata ... Ship Survivor
Yutaka Oka ... Captain of Transport
Kô Hayami ... Island Dancer
Hiroyuki Satake ... Police Officer
Kazuo Imai ... Announcer
Yoshio Katsube
Hiroshi Akitsu ... Nelson's Henchman
Akio Kusama ... Surveyor

Haruo Nakajima ... Head of Mosura Larva
Ryôji Shimizu
Yôichirô Kitagawa (as Ryûichi Hosokawa)
Junpei Natsuki
Junnosuke Suda ... (scenes deleted)
Toku Ihara
Hiroshi Sekita
Akira Kitchôji ... (scenes deleted)
Masaaki Tachibana
Toshiko Nakano ... (scenes deleted)
Tsurue Ichimanji ... (scenes deleted)
Tatsuo Sakai
Nanako Yamada
Nichigeki Danshingu Chîmu
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gorô Sakurai ... Member of Task Force

Peter Fernandez ... (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Animatronic Puppet ... Mothra (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)

Shin'ichirô Nakamura (novel) &
Takehiko Fukunaga (novel) &
Yoshie Hotta (novel)

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yûji Koseki 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Kazuji Taira 
 
Art Direction by
Teruaki Abe  (as Kimei Abe)
Takeo Kita 
 
Production Management
Shin Morita .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Samaji Nonagase .... assistant director (as Masaji Nonagase)
 
Sound Department
Shoichi Fujinawa .... recording
Masanobu Miyazaki .... recording
 
Special Effects by
Yukio Manoda .... optical photography: special cinematography
Kan Narita .... production manager: special cinematography
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special cinematography director
Akira Watanabe .... special cinematographer: art
 
Visual Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... photography: special cinematography
Kuichirô Kishida .... lighting: special cinematography (as Kuichiro Kishida)
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects: special cinematography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Toshio Takashima .... lighting
 
Music Department
Susumu Ike .... composer: "Mosura No Uta"
 
Other crew
David D. Horne .... producer: English version
Lee Kresel .... director: English version
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mosura" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min | Japan:62 min (re-issue) | USA:90 min (theatrical version) | USA:91 min (re-issue) (VHS) | Germany:86 min (TV)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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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:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Shobijin, Shobijin:Mothra will soon be here.
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda:Mothra?
Shobijin, Shobijin:Mothra, she'll rescue us, and return us to our island!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Haven: Speak No Evil (#5.2)" (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mosura no utaSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Mosura (1961), 27 December 2011
Author: SnakesOnAnAfricanPlain from United Kingdom

They'd done Godzilla. They'd brought us color monster madness with Rodan. Now Toho continue to improve their Kaiju films with Mothra. Once again Mothra is the result of nuclear radiation, but those themes are just around to explain her size. The main plot is Mothra's rescue attempt of two miniature women taken from her island. Strange? Certainly, but it's nice to see the monster with a clear agenda and some actual motivation. The models and effects are the best so far. Remote controlled vehicles, green screen, monster puppets, are all thrown in to give us some truly exhilarating city smash ups. Even when "people" are obviously dolls, it's OK. Films don't have to be a replacement for the imagination. I was never dragged out of the film's universe, and the scenes of the dam bursting had me appreciating film making more than any CGI filled computer game-a-like. The use of a fictionalized nation allows you to easily ignore any overbearing political agendas. It isn't as dark as the previous efforts. But when your monster is a big moth, you don't get as much horror. Luckily, it also manages to create a more atmospheric and artistic approach. Mothra's initial hatching is juxtaposed with a beautiful and rather trippy song. A tale of, once again, man's mistakes. Only this time, it's the exploitation of these mistakes that brings destruction.

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