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Godzilla vs. The Thing -- 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?
Godzilla vs. The Thing -- 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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User Reviews:
A good, if not great, Godzilla movie See more (46 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)

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)
"Mothra vs. Godzilla" - Australia (imdb display title), International (English title) (literal English title)
"Godzilla Against Mothra" - Japan (English 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 »
Sound Mix:
Certification:

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Trivia:
The adult Mothra is this film is the same creature that was featured in Mothra (1961).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:
[Kumayama, a shady businessman, announces he has just purchased a giant monster egg that washed ashore in Japan from the fishermen who hauled it in]
Villager:It was taken from our fishing waters, so it belongs to us.
Kumayama:Here is the receipt.
Reporter Jiro Nakamura:How much did you sell it for?
Villager:1,224,560 yen.
Reporter Jiro Nakamura:That's an odd number.
Kumayama:Don't you know it's a fair price? Wholesale chicken eggs cost eight yen apiece. I figured this giant egg would be equal to 153,820 eggs. Multiply them by eight yen.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A good, if not great, Godzilla movie, 22 October 2010
Author: RKerekes13-1 from United States

This one is considered one of the best Godzilla movies out there, but with that aside, I've been wanting to see this movie, and after finally getting around to watching it, it's actually pretty good. I mean, it's not extraordinary, but it's still worth watching.

But now on with the plot: long story short, Mothra's egg washes on the beach and some corporate businessman wants to buy the egg just so he can put it up as an attraction in his amusement park. Two twin faeries show up and warn him to have the egg returned, but he ignores them and even tries to capture them. In the meantime, a news reporter, news photographer, and professor also find out about it and are determined to help the faeries and Mothra before anything bad happens to the egg. Later, Godzilla naturally comes along and interferes, leading to a serious grudge war between the two title monsters.

My thoughts/defenses on this movie: okay, so the monster battles aren't great, but they're certainly not disappointing at all. In fact, the idea of Mothra against Godzilla apparently did sound like a step in the right direction for Toho, in my opinion. Yes, I know Godzilla is such a klutz in this movie, aside from the fact that his mouth is kinda wobbly in this one, but we certainly can't blame him 'cause the guy in the Godzilla costume can't see a thing. Okay, so the ending isn't very climactic, but it still leaves you with a good feeling.

In conclusion, this is one Godzilla movie that I think that all Godzilla fans should give a try/give a chance.

P.S. To all those who think this movie is bad or overrated, I strongly disagree.

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