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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
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 Borderlands (2009) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mosura no utaSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Better than Average Toho film, 4 April 2006
Author: cpetr13 from United States

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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