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Mothra vs. Godzilla -- A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

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Writer:
Shin'ichi Sekizawa (written by)
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Release Date:
17 September 1964 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Nothing Like This Ever On the Screen! See more »
Plot:
A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
"The Thing" Is A... Um... Giant Moth? See more (48 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Akira Takarada ... Ichiro Sakai
Yuriko Hoshi ... Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki ... Jiro Nakamura
Kenji Sahara ... Jiro Torahata
Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)

Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
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
Ren Yamamoto ... Sailor
Kôzô Nomura ... Soldier
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Police Officer
Mitsuo Tsuda
Shin Ôtomo ... Police Officer
Senkichi Ômura ... Villager
Miki Yashiro ... Schoolteacher
Kôji Iwamoto
Terumi Oka
Wataru Ômae ... Islander
Shirô Tsuchiya
Takuzô Kumagai
Kôji Uno ... Villager
Yutaka Nakayama ... Islander
Toshihiko Furuta ... Soldier
Hideo Shibuya ... Journalist
Kôji Uruki
Kenzô Echigo
Yukihiko Gondô
Kôichi Satô
Hiroshi Akitsu
Tadashi Okabe ... Soldier
Haruya Sakamoto
Seishirô Kuno ... Aide
Hiroshi Takagi
Keisuke Yamada
Shinjirô Hirota
Shigemi Sunagawa
Ikuo Kawamura
Rinsaku Ogata
Haruo Suzuki

Katsumi Tezuka ... Soldier

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harold Conway ... Weapon's Expert on US Ship (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Torahata (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Dunham ... US Navy Soldier (uncredited)

Peter Fernandez ... Villager / Reporter (voice) (uncredited)
Bernie Grant ... Sakai (voice) (uncredited)
Kenneth Harvey ... Professor Miura (voice) (uncredited)
Bret Morrison ... Kumayama (voice) (uncredited)
Larry Robinson ... Nakamura / Journalist (voice) (uncredited)
Paulette Rubenstien ... Junko / Shobijin (voice) (uncredited)
Terry Van Tell ... Shobijin (voice) (uncredited)
Osman Yusuf ... Missile Surveyor on US Ship (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ichi Sekizawa  written by

Produced by
Sanezumi Fujimoto .... executive producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer
 
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
 
Cinematography by
Hajime Koizumi 
 
Film Editing by
Ryôhei Fujii 
 
Production Design by
Takeo Kita 
 
Production Management
Boku Morimoto .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôji Kajita .... chief assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... sound mixer
Sadamasa Nishimoto .... sound effects editor
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound effects
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound technician
Fumio Yanoguchi .... recording director
 
Special Effects by
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special effects opticals
Teruyoshi Nakano .... assistant director of special effects
Teizô Toshimitsu .... special effects suit designer
Eiji Tsuburaya .... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe .... art director of special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sadamasa Arikawa .... director of special effects photography
Kuichirô Kishida .... special effects lighting
Yukio Manoda .... optical photographer
Minoru Nakano .... optical effects animation
Yoshiyuki Tokumasa .... optical photography
Sokei Tomioka .... special effects cameraman
 
Stunts
Haruo Nakajima .... stunt choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shoshichi Kojima .... lighting technician
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mosura tai Gojira" - Japan (original title)
"Godzilla vs. Mothra" - USA (imdb display title), USA (video title)
"Godzilla Against Mothra" - Japan (English title)
"Godzilla vs. The Thing" - USA (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
89 min | Germany:87 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
First Godzilla film without newly-shot American footage added for the American release. The scene in which Godzilla is attacked by the American military only exists in the American cut, but this footage was shot by Toho during the original Japanese shoot.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
News Reporter Ichiro Sakai:Listen, when the girls came to us, we did nothing to help them, so why would they help us?
Editor Arota:Look, you three are the only ones who can talk to the girls. We need help or everything will get trampled. Godzilla will crush our entire nation!
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
"The Thing" Is A... Um... Giant Moth?, 5 February 2005
Author: hokeybutt from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (AKA GODZILLA VS. THE THING) (3+ outta 5 stars) I remember going to see this movie at a kiddie matinée as a tot. The ads never showed what "The Thing" was... but I expected some big, mean, scary creature that would be even more formidable than 'Zilla himself! I sure wasn't expecting... a giant moth. (Or a pair of baby slugs for that matter.) Now, of course, this all sounds pretty ridiculous to all the non-Godzilla-fans out there... but, of all the Godzilla films ever made, this is the one that is most fondly-remembered. There are some great scenes in this one: Godzilla's best entrance ever (he comes bursting out of the earth tail-first) Godzilla taking apart some grand Japanese architecture piece by piece is still impressive even when you *know* that it is only an actor in a suit taking apart a miniature model. Plus there are the two, tiny twins who come to Tokyo from their remote island paradise to ask for their giant radioactive back after it washes up on a Japanese beach. Mothra is, well, he's a giant moth... and he's on the verge of dying... so how much of a fight is he going to put up? But he only has to occupy 'Zilla until the egg containing his successor hatches. Anyway, silly as it all sounds, the movie works really well... definitely the 'Zilla movie to watch if you've never seen one before.

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