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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 ...
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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SEE the armies of the world destroyed! SEE the BIRTH of the world's most terrifying monster! SEE the war of the GIANTS! See more »


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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The adult Mothra is this film is the same creature that was featured in Mothra (1961). See more »

Goofs

The first time Mothra flies away and our heroes grab trees to stay upright, the big tree that two of the characters are holding moves and shakes. See more »

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[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 vs. Gigan (1972) See more »

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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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