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Godzilla vs. The Thing (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 overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ...
Yuriko Hoshi ...
Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki ...
Jiro Nakamura
Kenji Sahara ...
Jiro Torahata
Emi Itô ...
Yumi Itô ...
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Kumayama
Jun Tazaki ...
Murata, Newspaper Editor
Kenzô Tabu ...
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Yoshio Kosugi ...
Chief of Infant Island
Akira Tani ...
Village Headman
Susumu Fujita ...
JSDF General
Yutaka Sada ...
School Principal
Ikio Sawamura ...
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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 <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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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 (1984) (which also began the Heisei series) he has returned to his original portrayal as a destructive menace. See more »

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In the days before digital compositing, it was common practice to print matted elements with a degree of transparency, to minimize matte lines. It was an additional step of complexity to the process, which was deliberate and not an error. Many movies are notable for partially transparent mattes, including Robinson Crusoe on Mars and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. See more »

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[the reporters and the scientist are trying to persuade the executives of Happy Enterprises to give up the giant egg]
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: You should return the egg to its rightful owner.
Kumayama: You keep saying about the 'rightful owner.' Is the rightful owner's name written on that egg?
Reporter Jiro Nakamura: No, but it's pretty clear it's Mothra's egg.
Kumayama: [shocked; looks at his partner] Mothra?
Banzo Torahata - U.S.:Shiro Torahata: [scoffs at this] Hmmph. Are you saying you have power of attorney from Mothra? Kumayama, it's no use talking with them. Ask them to leave.
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First Great Godzilla Sequel
27 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Widely considered by many fans as the best of all Godzilla sequels, Mothra vs. Godzilla is pure nostalgic popcorn entertainment. Made long before the days of CGI, Mothra vs. Godzilla hearkens back to a time when stunt men in rubber monster suits stomped on miniature buildings, wrecking havoc on the big screen while audiences watched in awe. More enjoyable than Godzilla Raids Again and King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla was a welcome return to form. It also shows for the first time since the 1954 original just how indestructible the charcoal gray beast is. The Japanese military (with help from the US navy in the American version) try everything from bombs, missiles, tanks, and electricity to stop Godzilla. Of course, none of these methods work so its up to Mothra to save the day.

The American cut is actually pretty faithful to the Japanese original. Very little was edited out, but for marketing reasons the title was changed to Godzilla vs. The Thing. This was a silly marketing ploy to spark audience interest as to who the mysterious "thing" was. Both versions are presented on this DVD. A sequel, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, soon followed.


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