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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

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 ...
Yûmi Itô ...
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Kumayama
Jun Tazaki ...
Murata, Newspaper Editor
Kenzô Tabu ...
Mayor
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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17 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The famous scene where Godzilla destroys the castle in Nagoya actually had to be filmed several times, and the castle had to be built twice. To make the castle fall correctly, two men are sitting behind pushing it with long sticks. The first time the scene was shot, the two men pushed too soon, and the castle collapsed before Godzilla even touched it. The miniature castle then had to be rebuilt. The second time the opposite problem happened, and the two men missed their cue (you can see when Godzilla slams into the castle that it doesn't move). A second take had to be done with Godzilla clawing away at it as the two men push it over from behind. The moment where Godzilla's foot slides on the ledge (causing him to fall into the castle) has been thought by many to be an accident. According to Haruo Nakajima (the actor inside Godzilla) the fall was actually scripted that way and done on purpose. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

News Reporter Ichiro Sakai: Listen, when the girls came to us, we did nothing to help them, so why would they help us?
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Another one of Ishiro Honda's classic monster movies
19 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a major fan of the original dark, haunting kaiju movies, I very much enjoy watching "Godzilla vs. Mothra" even though I still can't understand why they call Mothra "the Thing" (maybe it's just in the Americanized dubbed version).

Godzilla's appearance in this movie is very good, however, there are some problems with his mouth in this movie. They are very wobbly and that's because in the sequence where Godzilla emerges from underground, the suit got damaged and the mouth got loose. And later on, the head caught on fire, although if you ask me, that was pretty cool and showed how invincible and invulnerable Godzilla really is.

The music's superior with legendary composer Akira Ifukube campusing the score. Eiji Tsuburaya handles the great special effects and Ishiro Honda's talents as a director come through in this movie.


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