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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
"Mosura tai Gojira" (original title)

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A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ...
Yuriko Hoshi ...
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki ...
Reporter Jiro Nakamura (with egg and frying pan)
Emi Itô ...
Yûmi Itô ...
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Kumayama
Kenji Sahara ...
Banzo Torahata
Jun Tazaki ...
Editor Arota
Kenzô Tabu ...
Mayor
Yutaka Sada ...
Old Man
Akira Tani ...
Village Headman
Susumu Fujita ...
General
Ikio Sawamura ...
Priest
Ren Yamamoto ...
Sailor
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Storyline

A greedy developer has placed huge machines to suck dry a part of the ocean near Tokyo so he can put luxury condos there. After a storm, a giant egg washes up on the beach nearby and is immediately put on public display. The developer's plans go awry when he disrupts Godzilla's rest and the monster goes stomping through Tokyo again. It's up to the elderly Mothra, and then to its two offspring, to save Tokyo from destruction. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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mothra | egg | japan | godzilla | monster | See more »

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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17 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. the Thing  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the final Showa Era film in the series where Godzilla is a malevolent figure. In later films he would be portrayed as a protector of Earth and the only time he would cause destruction was when he was controlled by aliens. However, since Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn (1984) (which also began the Heisei series) he has returned to his original portrayal as a destructive menace. See more »

Goofs

The corporates couldn't possibly have built that huge facility to house the Mothra egg in under one night, yet this is what the movie suggests. See more »

Quotes

News Reporter Ichiro Sakai: Yoka, get your things together.
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: I've been trying to get a shot of the area, but the land is moving. Look, over there.
[the earth moves, and out emerges a monster]
Mayor: Ah! Oh! Godzilla!
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Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Tokyo SOS (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Song of Mothra
("Mosura no Uta")
Composed by Yuji Koseki
Performed by The Peanuts (Emi Itô and Yûmi Itô)
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"The Thing" Is A... Um... Giant Moth?
5 February 2005 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (AKA GODZILLA VS. THE THING) (3+ outta 5 stars) I remember going to see this movie at a kiddie matinée as a tot. The ads never showed what "The Thing" was... but I expected some big, mean, scary creature that would be even more formidable than 'Zilla himself! I sure wasn't expecting... a giant moth. (Or a pair of baby slugs for that matter.) Now, of course, this all sounds pretty ridiculous to all the non-Godzilla-fans out there... but, of all the Godzilla films ever made, this is the one that is most fondly-remembered. There are some great scenes in this one: Godzilla's best entrance ever (he comes bursting out of the earth tail-first) Godzilla taking apart some grand Japanese architecture piece by piece is still impressive even when you *know* that it is only an actor in a suit taking apart a miniature model. Plus there are the two, tiny twins who come to Tokyo from their remote island paradise to ask for their giant radioactive back after it washes up on a Japanese beach. Mothra is, well, he's a giant moth... and he's on the verge of dying... so how much of a fight is he going to put up? But he only has to occupy 'Zilla until the egg containing his successor hatches. Anyway, silly as it all sounds, the movie works really well... definitely the 'Zilla movie to watch if you've never seen one before.


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