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Shinichirô Nakamura (original story) &
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Release Date:
10 May 1962 (USA) See more »
Incredible! Inconceivable! World wrecked as monster hunts human mates! See more »
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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  (in credits order)
Frankie Sakai ... Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA: 'Bulldog')
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Dr. Shin'ichi Chûjô
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)

Takashi Shimura ... News Editor
Tetsu Nakamura ... Nelson's Henchman
Akihiro Tayama ... Shinji Chûjô (as Masamitsu Tayma)
Obel Wyatt ... Dr. Roff
Akihiko Hirata ... Doctor
Seizaburô Kawazu ... General (as Seizaburo Kawazu)
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Military Advisor
Robert Dunham ... Rolisican Cop
Harold Conway ... Rolisican Ambassador
Osman Yusuf ... Nelson's Rolisican Henchman (as Johnny Yuseph)
Yoshio Kosugi ... Ship Captain
Ren Yamamoto ... Ship Survivor (as Yasushi Yamamoto)
Haruya Katô ... Ship Survivor
Kô Mishima ... Ship Survivor (as Ko Mishima)
Rinsaku Ogata ... Ship Survivor
Kenji Sahara ... Helicopter Pilot
Akira Yamada ... Island Worshipper
Takeo Nagashima ... Island Dancer
Arai Hayamizu ... Island Dancer
Akira Wakamatsu ... Nelson's Henchman
Hiroshi Akitsu ... Nelson's Henchman
Kôji Iwamoto ... Nelson's Henchman (as Hiroshi Iwamoto)
Toshio Miura ... Nelson's Henchman
Kazuo Imai ... Announcer
Wataru Ômae ... Official (as Wataru Ohmae)
Kazuo Higata ... Official
Toshihiko Furuta ... Dam Worker
Shôichi Hirose ... Dam Worker (as Shoichi Hirose)
Kôji Uno ... Police Officer (as Koji Uno)
Tadashi Okabe ... Surveyor
Akio Kusama ... Surveyor
Mitsuo Tsuda ... Surveyor
Mitsuo Matsumoto ... Police Officer
Hiroyuki Satake ... Police Officer

Haruo Nakajima ... Head of Mosura Larva
Katsumi Tezuka ... Neck of Mosura Larva
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshio Hattori ... Small Role
Saburô Iketani ... Radio Announcer
Yoshiyuki Kamimura ... Small Role
Shigeo Katô ... Dam Watchman (as Shigeo Kato)
Keisuke Matsuyama ... Shipmate
Teruko Mita ... Rest House Owner's Wife
Yutaka Nakayama ... Radio Communicator (as Yutara Nakayama)
Masanari Nihei ... Cop
Yutaka Okada ... Captain of Transport
Kyorô Sakurai ... Member of Task Force (as Koro Sakurai)
Hideo Shibuya ... Journalist (as Shinpei Mitsui)
Hiroshi Takagi ... Nelson's Henchman
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Woodcutter

Peter Fernandez ... (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Tazue Ichimanji ... (uncredited)
Animatronic Puppet ... Mothra (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ishirô Honda  (as Inoshiro Honda)
Writing credits
Shinichirô Nakamura  original story (as Shinichiro Nakamura) &
Takehiko Fukunaga  original story &
Yoshie Hotta  original story: published on 'Shuka Asahi'

Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay)

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
Original Music by
Yuji Koseki (music)
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi (photography)
Film Editing by
Kazuji Taira  (as Ichiji 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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101 min | Japan:62 min (re-issue) | USA:88 min | USA:91 min (re-issue) | Germany:86 min (TV)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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 »
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 »
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 The Haunted Mansion (2003)See more »


What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
For fans of giant bugs only, 28 October 2002
Author: funkyfry from Oakland CA

Fairly poor cousin of Godzilla, with much less fighting and destruction than usual. However, the film is raised slightly above the level of many of its type by the fact that we can actually sympathize with Mothra -- after all, they've busted into the virgin territory of tiki-land and stolen the midget twins -- and therefore we understand why Mothra is doing what she's doing. This is something many of the makers of giant monster movies in the 50s missed, and was a big element in the success of "King Kong", "Mighty Joe Young" and other earlier monster flicks -- if we don't care about the big monster, the movie doesn't matter much.

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