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

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Director:
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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(6 articles)
50th anniversary: Mothra vs. Godzilla
 (From FilmExperience. 1 May 2014, 6:30 PM, PDT)

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 (From The Hollywood News. 15 November 2013, 3:00 AM, PST)

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First Great Godzilla Sequel See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Akira Takarada ... News Reporter Ichiro Sakai
Yuriko Hoshi ... News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki ... Reporter Jiro Nakamura (with egg and frying pan)
Kenji Sahara ... Banzo Torahata
Za Pînattsu
Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yûmi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Jun Tazaki ... Editor Arota
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Kumayama
Kenzô Tabu ... Mayor
Yutaka Sada ... Old Man
Akira Tani ... Village Headman
Susumu Fujita ... General
Ikio Sawamura ... Priest
Ren Yamamoto ... Sailor
Kôzô Nomura ... Soldier
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Police Officer
Mitsuo Tsuda
Shin Ôtomo ... Police Officer
Senkichi Ômura ... Villager
Yoshio Kosugi ... Chief of Infant Island
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)
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 Against Mothra" - Japan (English title)
"Godzilla vs. the Thing" - USA (alternative title)
"Mothra vs. Godzilla" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
89 min | Germany:87 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
When the sequence of Godzilla being firebombed was being shot, during one of the takes the flaming liquid splashed up onto Godzilla's head. The fuel quickly burned away and the flames went out. Inside the suit, performer Haruo Nakajima was unaware of the accident, since the head of the suit is well above Nakajima's own head. Godzilla's head aflame became an unplanned bonus to the effects shot and it was included in the final cut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Mothra and Godzilla are fighting, in one shot a smokestack breaks and falls over. In a wide shot, the smokestack is unbroken.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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What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
First Great Godzilla Sequel, 27 January 2011
Author: Josh Downham from United States

Widely considered by many fans as the best of all Godzilla sequels, Mothra vs. Godzilla is pure nostalgic popcorn entertainment. Made long before the days of CGI, Mothra vs. Godzilla hearkens back to a time when stunt men in rubber monster suits stomped on miniature buildings, wrecking havoc on the big screen while audiences watched in awe. More enjoyable than Godzilla Raids Again and King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla was a welcome return to form. It also shows for the first time since the 1954 original just how indestructible the charcoal gray beast is. The Japanese military (with help from the US navy in the American version) try everything from bombs, missiles, tanks, and electricity to stop Godzilla. Of course, none of these methods work so its up to Mothra to save the day.

The American cut is actually pretty faithful to the Japanese original. Very little was edited out, but for marketing reasons the title was changed to Godzilla vs. The Thing. This was a silly marketing ploy to spark audience interest as to who the mysterious "thing" was. Both versions are presented on this DVD. A sequel, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, soon followed.

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