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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Mosura tai Gojira (original title)
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 ...
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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

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 »

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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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A good, if not great, Godzilla movie
22 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is considered one of the best Godzilla movies out there, but with that aside, I've been wanting to see this movie, and after finally getting around to watching it, it's actually pretty good. I mean, it's not extraordinary, but it's still worth watching.

But now on with the plot: long story short, Mothra's egg washes on the beach and some corporate businessman wants to buy the egg just so he can put it up as an attraction in his amusement park. Two twin faeries show up and warn him to have the egg returned, but he ignores them and even tries to capture them. In the meantime, a news reporter, news photographer, and professor also find out about it and are determined to help the faeries and Mothra before anything bad happens to the egg. Later, Godzilla naturally comes along and interferes, leading to a serious grudge war between the two title monsters.

My thoughts/defenses on this movie: okay, so the monster battles aren't great, but they're certainly not disappointing at all. In fact, the idea of Mothra against Godzilla apparently did sound like a step in the right direction for Toho, in my opinion. Yes, I know Godzilla is such a klutz in this movie, aside from the fact that his mouth is kinda wobbly in this one, but we certainly can't blame him 'cause the guy in the Godzilla costume can't see a thing. Okay, so the ending isn't very climactic, but it still leaves you with a good feeling.

In conclusion, this is one Godzilla movie that I think that all Godzilla fans should give a try/give a chance.

P.S. To all those who think this movie is bad or overrated, I strongly disagree.


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