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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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17 September 1964 (USA) See more »
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A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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
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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89 min | Germany:87 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

It's not generally known among non-Godzilla enthusiasts, but "Mothra" had her own movie in 1961. Mothra (1961) was one of the major monster films Toho made during Godzilla's rest from the silver screen from 1955-1962. Other Toho monsters that originally had their own separate movie would take the same path as Mothra. Rodan, Manda, Baragon, and Varan would appear in future Godzilla movies, but Rodan though would be the only monster out of these four that would take on any major roles.See more »
Continuity: When the characters of Ichiro,Junie and professor Miura first arrive on the twins island they are wearing yellow suits. After they are captured by the natives and are brought into the cave they are no longer wearing the yellow suits.See more »
[the natives of Infant Island refuse to assist Japan after Godzilla attacks because their island had been ravaged by man's atomic bomb testings]
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi:Please listen, we all understand. But do not blame every one of us of what has happened. The monster is killing everyone. The good are being killed, as well as the evil. Are you going to let innocent men died along side guilty men. You have no right to decide that, that right is sacred. My friends and I appeal to you with the utmost humility. Our people are unable to stop Godzilla. We truly like to help you, but we need your help first. Refuse us then, and everyone will die!
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The finest of the Godzilla films, 22 May 1999
Author: MightyGorga

In Mothra v. Godzilla, all the best elements of the series come together. Godzilla is back in his full fury and with an excellent, realistic costume, and co-star Mothra, in fighting for her egg, shows personality and emotion, a trait of all the finest monster movies (such as "King Kong"). And odd though it may seem, the ubiquitous human subplot is actually interesting, giving the viewer much to think about regarding the demands of big business versus the health of the environment. (Not bad for a film made in 1964!)

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