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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 overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ...
Yuriko Hoshi ...
Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Yû Fujiki ...
Jiro Nakamura
Kenji Sahara ...
Jiro Torahata
Emi Itô ...
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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 ...
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

In one of the early drafts of the script, it was Godzilla who washed ashore and not Mothra's egg. Torahata, thinking that Godzilla was dead, would have put Godzilla on display and eventually he would revive and start another rampage. However, that idea was abandoned due to the fact that it wouldn't have made sense for anyone to come so close to a highly radioactive creature like Godzilla. See more »

Goofs

When the characters of Ichiro,Junie and professor Miura first arrive on the twins island they are wearing yellow suits. After they are captured by the natives and are brought into the cave they are no longer wearing the yellow suits. See more »

Quotes

[the natives of Infant Island refuse to assist Japan after Godzilla attacks because their island had been ravaged by man's atomic bomb testings]
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: Please listen, we all understand. But do not blame every one of us of what has happened. The monster is killing everyone. The good are being killed, as well as the evil. Are you going to let innocent men died along side guilty men. You have no right to decide that, that right is sacred. My friends and I appeal to you with the utmost humility. Our people...
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Followed by Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) See more »

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hey, not too bad
2 February 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

I grew up on the fancier Godzilla flicks of the 1980s and 90s, so it took me a while to accept the flabby-faced, goofy-lookin' Godzilla of the 1960s. Even in his first appearance, the big G looked a lot more convincing, and menacing, than he is here. This film, like the one that preceded it, is part of a downward trend in the series' production values. It certainly is tough to take seriously.

But...so flippin' what? Despite screamingly obvious flaws, this flick is a blast. The surprisingly rich storyline involves corporate greed, nuclear testing, and totally bizarre mysticism. The science fiction and fantasy elements blend well, and it's fascinating as always to get the occasional insight into Japanese culture.

The acting is obviously good, even in the dubbed version, and some of the directing isn't bad (although Honda did a much better job on the first film

  • perhaps he had less money for this one). The fights are a bit silly, of


course, but there is the occasional thrilling moment, such as when Godzilla's head gets set on fire, and when he melts a whole mess of nicely detailed model tanks. Ifkube's dramatic score elevates the film considerably, except of course when he gets into wailing horns turf, which is when I always reach for the "volume down" button.

If you can't stand the cheese, stay out of Godzilla's way. If you can, there's some fun to be had here.


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