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Mothra vs. Godzilla -- Following a fierce typhoon, an enormous egg washes ashore Japan's coast.  While officials struggle to identify the oddity, two mysterious women appear to plea for the return of the egg to their island god, Mothra.  Meanwhile, Godzilla--reawakened by the storm--emerges on the beach and threatens the monstrous egg.  Will the mega-insect, Mothra, be able to defeat Godzilla and save her offspring?
Mothra vs. Godzilla -- 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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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)

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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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:
Revealing mistakes: When our heroes are chasing after the Twin Fairies on Infant Island, the "hard ground" beneath their feet bounces and bends with their footsteps.See more »
Quotes:
News Reporter Ichiro Sakai:Yoka, get your things together.
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi:I've been trying to get a shot of the area, but the land is moving. Look, over there.
[the earth moves, and out emerges a monster]
Mayor:Ah! Oh! Godzilla!
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Greatest Godzilla film, 20 March 2004

"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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