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Rebirth of Mothra -- Mothra, one of Godzilla's longtime allies (and sometimes foe) gets her very own movie series in this, the first of a trilogy. When the three-headed Death Ghidorah, an even fiercer cousin of King Ghidorah, begins to destroy the forests of Japan, Mothra leaves her island paradise to help save them.


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Masumi Suetani (screenplay)
Tomoyuki Tanaka (creator: original concept)
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14 December 1996 (Japan) See more »
A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Megumi Kobayashi ... Moll
Sayaka Yamaguchi ... Lora
Aki Hano ... Belvera
Kazuki Futami ... Taiki
Maya Fujisawa ... Wakaba
Kenjirô Nashimoto ... Mr. Goto
Hitomi Takahashi ... Mrs. Goto
Hiroko Tanaka ... Shiraishi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyôkei Arakawa

Directed by
Okihiro Yoneda 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masumi Suetani  screenplay
Tomoyuki Tanaka  creator: original concept

Produced by
Hiroaki Kitayama .... producer
Shogo Tomiyama .... executive producer
Original Music by
Toshiyuki Watanabe 
Art Direction by
Kyôko Heya 
Art Department
Yumiko Arakawa .... carpenter
Special Effects by
Kôichi Kawakita .... special effects
Hiroshi Sagae .... sculptor
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit maker
Tetsuzô Ôsawa .... special effects production designer
Visual Effects by
Tetuzo Osawa .... visual effects designer

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Also Known As:
"Mosura" - Japan (original title)
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USA:104 min | Japan:106 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Disney-ish chapter of the mosura franchise: mosura meets gamera, 25 December 2005
Author: r-c-s from Italy

The TOHO stable goes the Disney way. There are many reasons to say so: a) the story lacks its goriest moments. There is (for example) no smashing of cartonbox cities and -first time since in a movie supposedly taking place in Japan- no "army" subplot whatsoever. b) the main characters are children. c) there is a "miniature witch" riding a "miniature dragon" ( spoof from other genre US movies ) playing the villain. d) the "singing part" increases very much & the miniature girls (riding some mini-mothra named Terry/Fairy ) sing at least 3/4 different songs (while typically you got only the Mothra & bachara Mothra songs to summon Mosura ). e) even the serious bits (Eg the home chase at the beginning ) are handled in a Disney-ish way.

This time Mosura goes solo against King Gidorah freed from its stone grave when an incautious foreman removes a sacred seal of atlantean origin. There are other typical subplots mixed in from the less fortunate TOHO movies: a couple with hard times in parenting because say the husband must work long hours; two children who can't get along.

All in all, a nice relaxing movie: of course do NOT expect any "final wars", "tokyo sos" or "battle for earth" kind of fights. The plot twists abound and in the end we learn the miniature girls & the miniature witch are siblings. There is the "mosura larva" subplot, but this time the larva got new powers & turns into some super-mothra. Infant island is no longer the atomic wasteland as originally portrayed, but some virgin rain forest paradise.

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