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

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  17 September 1964 (USA)
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A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.


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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 <>

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Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964) ***1/2
15 February 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

One of the greatest! Many Godzilla fans will tell you that this is one of the finest of all Godzilla movies, and you can count me among them. Along with the original GOJIRA, I vigorously recommended this entry as your first movie in the series if you've never seen one before. If you don't enjoy this one, it's unlikely you'd appreciate the others of this era.

Godzilla initially makes a sensational first entrance coming up from out of the ground with his huge tail smashing through the earth and swirling about the air as tiny Tokyo citizens flee in panic! But his often hailed catastrophic stroll through the city is not as flawless as many fans think; for one thing, his clumsy tail gets caught in a tower and causes him to stumble and "fall into" the buildings he demolishes! Godzilla isn't so much terrorizing at first as he is clutzy, and this intoxicated-like introduction is the only demerit for me in this otherwise perfect Godzilla experience. I must also take a moment here to comment on the oft-praised Godzilla costume used for this movie --- it's not even close to the "best costume of all the films," as there is an obvious phony and rubbery upper jaw which flops and quivers throughout the film, most noticeably while the monster is slipping and sliding into buildings like a drunk. But I will grant that Godzilla's eyes are perfectly evil and nasty in this installment, as he is still clearly a mean old monster at this point of the series.

The two little miniature ladies from Mothra's island make their first appearance since the original MOTHRA, and they're always a delight to see. The story is well written as Mothra's giant egg washes ashore during a violent storm and then two unscrupulous Tokyo businessmen try to make a greedy profit from it, ignoring the twin fairies' pleas to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra. Mothra has always been one of my favorite Japanese monster characters, and she manages to hold her own against Godzilla in the final battle, along with the aid of her two newborn caterpillars who emerge from mom's giant egg as Godzilla tries to destroy it. It is convincing and completely satisfying how these underdogs manage to give the King of Monsters a true run for his money during their confrontation.

This is a hugely satisfying Toho monster picture, well complimented by Akira Ifukube's lively musical score and well staged by director Ishiro Honda. The English version goes by the title of GODZILLA VS. THE THING, and it actually is very capably dubbed as presented there in its original American International Pictures format. It's also interesting to note that this was a rare case where the Japanese filmmakers actually added an entire extra sequence of the army fighting Godzilla for U.S. audiences, which is not included in the actual Asian release. ***1/2 out of ****

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