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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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hey, not too bad 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:
The famous scene where Godzilla destroys the castle in Nagoya actually had to be filmed several times, and the castle had to be built twice. To make the castle fall correctly, two men are sitting behind pushing it with long sticks. The first time the scene was shot, the two men pushed too soon, and the castle collapsed before Godzilla even touched it. The miniature castle then had to be rebuilt. The second time the opposite problem happened, and the two men missed their cue (you can see when Godzilla slams into the castle that it doesn't move). A second take had to be done with Godzilla clawing away at it as the two men push it over from behind. The moment where Godzilla's foot slides on the ledge (causing him to fall into the castle) has been thought by many to be an accident. According to Haruo Nakajima (the actor inside Godzilla) the fall was actually scripted that way and done on purpose.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 (1964) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
hey, not too bad, 2 February 2004
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

I grew up on the fancier Godzilla flicks of the 1980s and 90s, so it took me a while to accept the flabby-faced, goofy-lookin' Godzilla of the 1960s. Even in his first appearance, the big G looked a lot more convincing, and menacing, than he is here. This film, like the one that preceded it, is part of a downward trend in the series' production values. It certainly is tough to take seriously.

But...so flippin' what? Despite screamingly obvious flaws, this flick is a blast. The surprisingly rich storyline involves corporate greed, nuclear testing, and totally bizarre mysticism. The science fiction and fantasy elements blend well, and it's fascinating as always to get the occasional insight into Japanese culture.

The acting is obviously good, even in the dubbed version, and some of the directing isn't bad (although Honda did a much better job on the first film - perhaps he had less money for this one). The fights are a bit silly, of course, but there is the occasional thrilling moment, such as when Godzilla's head gets set on fire, and when he melts a whole mess of nicely detailed model tanks. Ifkube's dramatic score elevates the film considerably, except of course when he gets into wailing horns turf, which is when I always reach for the "volume down" button.

If you can't stand the cheese, stay out of Godzilla's way. If you can, there's some fun to be had here.

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