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Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Mosura (original title)
A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity.



(screenplay), (creator: original concept)

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A logging and mining company working in Northern Japan disrupts a set of magical seals buried undergound, causing the release of Death Ghidora, an enormous, three-headed monster that had previously wiped out all life on Mars and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs on Earth. When Death Ghidora begins sucking the life out of the environment, the only thing that can save the planet from destruction is Mothra, the giant flying insect. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

14 December 1996 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Rebirth of Mothra  »

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JPY 1,000,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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A dark kaiju fantasy with some beautiful scenes.
20 April 1999 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Although not generally one of the most popular kaiju (Japanese for monster) movies, Mothra: 1996 is in my opinion one of the most beautiful.

Mothra: 1996 is the first in a new trilogy from Toho studios. It features one of their most popular monsters Mothra. Mothra battles a new creation in the form of Death Ghidora. Although, the fairies in this film are not the same in past films they do an adequate job.

What caught my attention of this film was the first 30 minutes. The beautiful visuals of the northern forest and of it being destroyed by man leading to the discovery of the tomb of Death Ghidora. Death Ghidora is one of Toho's most popular recent creations and is a fearsome looking beast. This film contains no less than 4 separate battles between Mothra and Death Ghidora.

The special effects are up to par and the creation of Belvera, the evil fairy is interesting. Although geared toward younger viewers, die-hard kaiju fans should have no problem enjoying this film.

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