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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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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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"The Thing" Is A... Um... Giant Moth? See more (41 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)
Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yûmi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Kumayama
Kenji Sahara ... Banzo Torahata
Jun Tazaki ... Editor Arota
Kenzô Tabu ... Mayor
Yutaka Sada ... Old Man
Akira Tani ... Village Headman
Susumu Fujita ... General
Ikio Sawamura ... Priest
Ren Yamamoto ... Sailor
Yoshio Kosugi ... Chief of Infant Island
Toshihiko Furuta ... Soldier
Katsumi Tezuka ... Soldier
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ... Police Officer
Kôzô Nomura ... Soldier
Seishirô Kuno ... Aide
Shin Ôtomo ... Police Officer
Senkichi Ômura ... Villager
Hironobu Wakamoto ... Villager
Wataru Ômae ... Islander
Kôji Uno ... Villager
Yutaka Nakayama ... Islander
Tadashi Okabe ... Soldier
Miki Yashiro ... Schoolteacher

Haruo Nakajima ... Gojira
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hideo Shibuya ... Journalist
Kôji Uruki
Harold Conway ... Weapon's Expert on US Ship (uncredited)
Osman Yusuf ... Missile Surveyor on US Ship (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ishirô Honda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shin'ichi Sekizawa 

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)
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Runtime:
Germany:87 min | USA:89 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 Torada Beach sequence, in which Godzilla is attacked by the U.S. Navy, was shot by Toho for the U.S. release. It is one of the few examples where footage of Godzilla was shot outdoors, away from the controlled environment of the studio.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Twin Faeries run to persuade Mothra to fight, they run between two rocks. When the humans run between these two rocks, their feet touch the ground. The Faeries are at least 3 or 4 inches above the ground (which you notice later when the humans follow behind them).See more »
Quotes:
[the reporters and the scientist are trying to persuade the executives of Happy Enterprises to give up the giant egg]
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi:You should return the egg to its rightful owner.
Kumayama:You keep saying about the 'rightful owner.' Is the rightful owner's name written on that egg?
Reporter Jiro Nakamura:No, but it's pretty clear it's Mothra's egg.
Kumayama:[shocked; looks at his partner] Mothra?
Banzo Torahata - U.S.:Shiro Torahata:[scoffs at this] Hmmph. Are you saying you have power of attorney from Mothra? Kumayama, it's no use talking with them. Ask them to leave.
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Soundtrack:
The Prayer of the FairiesSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the US Version and the Japanese Version?
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3 out of 3 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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