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Godzilla vs. Mothra (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 ...
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki ...
Reporter Jiro Nakamura (with egg and frying pan)
Kenji Sahara ...
Banzo Torahata
Za Pînattsu
Emi Itô ...
Yûmi Itô ...
Jun Tazaki ...
Editor Arota
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Kumayama
Kenzô Tabu ...
Mayor
Yutaka Sada ...
Old Man
Akira Tani ...
Village Headman
Susumu Fujita ...
General
Ikio Sawamura ...
Priest
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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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17 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

It's not generally known among non-Godzilla enthusiasts, but "Mothra" had her own movie in 1961. Mothra (1961) was one of the major monster films Toho made during Godzilla's rest from the silver screen from 1955-1962. Other Toho monsters that originally had their own separate movie would take the same path as Mothra. Rodan, Manda, Baragon, and Varan would appear in future Godzilla movies, but Rodan though would be the only monster out of these four that would take on any major roles. See more »

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During the majority of the Twin Faeries scenes with the other actors, you can see the various backgrounds they are in front of through them (poor matte work). See more »

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[Kumayama, a shady businessman, announces he has just purchased a giant monster egg that washed ashore in Japan from the fishermen who hauled it in]
Villager: It was taken from our fishing waters, so it belongs to us.
Kumayama: Here is the receipt.
Reporter Jiro Nakamura: How much did you sell it for?
Villager: 1,224,560 yen.
Reporter Jiro Nakamura: That's an odd number.
Kumayama: Don't you know it's a fair price? Wholesale chicken eggs cost eight yen apiece. I figured this giant egg would be equal to 153,820 eggs. Multiply them by eight yen.
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The artistic peak of the Godzilla series
10 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Godzilla Vs Mothra,the fourth Godzilla film,is regarded by some fans as the best. It doesn't have the power and allegorical elements of the original,yet it doesn't go into outright camp like many of the sequels. The film is colourful,exciting and often witty,yet the fantastical story is handled relatively seriously.

The plot is strong and,within the demands of a Japanese monster movie,logical. The human characters are mostly reasonably interesting and we don't mind spending time with them for the first half hour or so until the monsters show up. The effects are excellent considering the budget-the constant criticism of the effects in these films is sometimes valid but certainly not here. The two monster battle scenes are shorter then usual but exciting and amusing without being completely comical. Godzilla is at his most fearsome in this film,and he even threatens children,while the graceful,mystical Mothra is a great adversary. Akira Ifikube's music is thrilling {if repetitive}and there are even important issues such as the destruction of the environment and the evils of big business put into the film without spoiling the fun.

Some other Godzilla films may be more funnier,or more exciting,or more spectacular,or whatever,but Godzilla Vs Mothra may well be the artistic peak of the series,with all the elements woven into an immensely satisfying whole,and,unusually for a Japanese sci-fi movie of the time,it was not altered much for it's US version,with only some minor cuts,not-too-bad dubbing and,best of all, the addition of a scene featuring Godzilla!


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