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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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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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The Mosugoji suit is a favorite among fans. After the more comedic approach to Godzilla in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Toho decided to return its big star back to his original, evil, marauding depiction for this film. The Mosugoji suit, designed by Teizô Toshimitsu, was very different in appearance than its predecessor, Kingoji. Godzilla had less reptilian features than the Kingoji suit. The Mosugoji suit was also less bulky. The snout was slightly shorter, and the yellow around the pupils was changed to white. The tail was also made longer, and the skin featured a slight greenish tinge. See more »

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On the Mothra island there is an animal skeleton in the background. The head bobs back and forth, revealing that the body is a matte painting and the head is a prop hanging from the ceiling. See more »

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Reporter Jiro Nakamura: "I'm not as afraid of Godzilla as I am of the editor... he's meaner."
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Greatest Godzilla film
20 March 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

"Godzilla vs. Mothra" (1964) has been known for a very long time as probably the best Godzilla film, in many circles even over the first one, and rightfully so. All the elements were probably at their best for this film - the script was entertaining from start to finish; the characters were likable and interesting; the music was at its most powerful and memorable; the filmography was its most striking; and the monster action incredible. This was also the movie with, hands down, the greatest Godzilla costume ever created.

Known as "Godzilla vs. The Thing" before being changed to the present title somewhere along the line, I cannot stress enough what a great film this is. Godzilla makes an awesome first appearance, and from there the movie actually features a lot of very realistic rear-screen photography of Godzilla roaming around real Japan landscapes and streets. There are some truly amazing shots of Godzilla coming from behind real buildings and mountains, as the usual crowds run for their lives. For some reason, Godzilla films in the original series very rarely used this process after this film, and in the rare case they did, it didn't look nearly as good as it does here.

I am very fortunately to actually own this film on the Simitar Godzilla DVD box set release from 1999, which features this movie in perfect quality and in widescreen. This box set is of the highest quality, totally blowing away the insulting Sony Godzilla DVD box set with some of the same movies, including "Godzilla vs. Mothra," only in very poor quality. If you have the hundreds of dollars to spend, finding a used Simitar DVD set is the way to go.

Of course, another plus is that this is the only Godzilla movie ever to have monster scenes filmed for the American release that were not included in the Japanese release. Of course, seeing this on widescreen rules!

This is also a landmark film because this is the last film of the original series where Godzilla is completely on the bad side. Absolutely not to be missed by any serious monster or sci-fi/fantasy fan.


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