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This movie was the first of three solo Mothra adventures following the Heisei Godzilla series. This movie was pretty good. It has some great points to it: fast pace, great looking monsters, great optical effects, lots of monster fights, as well as a cute looking actress as Lora. However, I thought the movie was too kid-oriented and that the final battle was too short. The monster battles lacked the ferocity of Godzilla battles and Mothra's powers seemed overkill. However, it is a fun movie for fans of the genre.
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After ending the Godzilla series with the Heisei series, Toho wanted to
maintain a higher grossing monster movie. The one that drew in females
in what's admittedly a pretty male-centric genre was Mothra. Mothra is
definitely known for her numerous roles as a hero of sorts in Godzilla
films ever since her first role in a Godzilla movie (Godzilla vs
Mothra, 1964). But actually, Mothra had her own movie before all of
this, like some other monsters best known for their role in Godzilla
movies (Rodan comes to mind). Her 1961 movie is something to check out,
but getting that history out of the way brings us back to 1996's
Rebirth of Mothra. Unlike the Heisei series of Godzilla movies, Toho
decided to cater more towards kids with the Mothra series.
Mothra received a huge intake of power with her Heisei Godzilla redesign, and that continued even more so with this RoM series. Boy, even the larvae can beam spam! Mothra looks okay, but a bit fuzzy in moth form. Her offspring, named Mothra Leo, looks pretty good and doesn't fall apart like the larvae of the Showa series. This is also the first time we have a distinctly male Mothra, Leo. In moth form, Leo looks notably different from the female Mothra. Mothra also has blue circular eyes, whereas Leo has more angled green eyes and other design tweaks. I like that. How about the villain monster in this movie, Desghidorah? He's an interesting take on the Ghidorah family, relying on four legs and with an almost elephant-like roar. He sure makes you hope for his death the way he heartlessly attacks Mothra and Leo in larvae stage. Kinda graphic actually if the kids are too young. Overall the monsters are a plus and the action is pretty good. The drawback is that the final battle between Leo in moth form and Desghidorah is just way too easy. Desghidorah overpowers the aging Mothra in the beginning, but then Leo just comes in and gives him a good one-two. Easy peasy. Except it was annoyingly easy. Maybe this has something to do with the kid-centric theme.
Moving on, what else does the film bring? Well, the RoM series has one distinctly annoying trait for me, at least with the region one release: the women just scream and scream and SCREAM. It gets old. The pacing is a bit iffy here too and a number of scenes could've been cut entirely or trimmed.
What we have here is a decent movie, and you might certainly be emotional when you see the larvae desperately trying to keep its dying/dead mother alive. It's probably worth more than a 6/10 for younger people, but if you're a much beyond perhaps a teenager you may not enjoy as much. Its sequel, Rebirth of Mothra II, is arguably even more child-themed, so it doesn't get better here on out in that sense. But for all this kid theme talk, I still like the movie and have a copy on DVD.
When a logging company uncovers an ancient artifact in the mountains of
Hokkaido, the Company's boss Mr. Goto finds a mysterious talisman. He
prises it free from its resting place, thinking it would be a nice
present for his daughter. Unfortunately he's unsealed the resting place
of Desghidorah, a three headed, fire breathing beastie that's soon
freed to run wild and destroy the local scenery, sucking Earth's
Only a giant plush moth can save the day! A tired old Mothra - tending a lovely big egg - is reluctantly summoned (in a slightly more J-pop than usual fashion) by her tiny priestesses Moll and Lora. These cuties are from a race called the Elias, and they spend much of the movie astride a mini-Mothra called Fairy, battling their nemesis Belvera, who gets to fly a mini dragon thing and cackle a lot.
First in a trilogy of Mothra films for the nineties, while Godzilla was taking a well earned break. Clearly aimed at kids more than the average kaiju fan, this is still great fun, and while no cities get totalled in this offering, the countryside looks nice and there are some cool fight scenes between Death Ghidorah and Mothra.
There's a 'save the planet' theme going on that gets rammed down your throat a bit before the movie ends, but the more obvious beef many western fans are going to have with this flick is the lack of a Japanese language option on seemingly the only version available. Why do they do this? Yes, the film's been tarted up nicely, and the dubbing is lip-synched and not overly annoying, but some people will always prefer the original language and there seems to be little reason why it shouldn't be included.
This is the first of 1990s Mothra trilogy after the death of '90s
Godzilla in 1995. The tone of this trilogy is very different from that
of Godzilla's. In this movie, Mothra is the protector of earth, and
when a monster which threatens to destroy earth's habitat, Mothra comes
I rather liked this movie because of its beautiful cinematography and a plot that was not based simply on destruction, but about the importance of protecting our environment. While American cinema was busy producing darker movies in the '90s, this series positively bucked the trend with its brilliant color and putting nature before humans.
Casting was okay. It had a good central focus for a change called the Elias. But for the most part, Toho can use better actors in all its movies. Watch this, and you'll be treated to the most beautiful colors you've ever seen.
With Godzilla dead and gone (yah, right), Toho concentrated on their other
major star, Mothra.
In this first of a trilogy (more, more!) Mothra (the 1992 Mothra) battles a creature called Death Ghidorah (a cousin of King Ghidorah?). Thrown into the mix is the new Mothra, called MothraLeo. With time running out for Earth, can MothraLeo survive to carry on the long line of Mothras that have defended the planet?
Of course he can! If he couldn't, why did "Mosura 2" follow it?
The effects are outstanding in this movie. How can one moth have so many beam weapons?
I have to say that Megumi Kobayashi and Sayoko Yamaguchi, who play the priestesses of Mothra, now called the Elias, are excellent in this movie, as well as Aki Hano, who plays Belvera, one of the new elements to the Mothra saga. Of the two Elais, Moll is more determined than Lora, especially on calling the "old" Mothra into battle.
On the whole, a very good movie! Roll on Mosura 2!
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.
I got this DVD more then a year ago in L.A. Being a long- time Godzilla and
Co. fan, and seeing a DVD with a double feature of Rebirth of Mothra, and
Rebirth of Mothra 2 was just too silly for me not to buy. Rebirth of Mothra
is definitely that, silly. Sometimes it's a good kind of silly, other times
it's just a boring silly. The plot was a typical kaiju (Japanese for
monster, i.e. Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, etc.) plot, with a seal being removed
and a wicked monster coming out to wreak havoc on the planet. The human
acting wasn't that good, really. The special effects were pretty cool in
places, and bad in others and there was some pretty good cinematography.
Most of the kaijus I've seen, which is a hell of a lot, tie the humans into the story somehow. That way you're not just watching two bigass monsters going at it for 90 minutes. Most of the time, the human plot is cheesy but still entertaining. Rebirth of Mothra is not one of those. The human plot, if I could even call it that, was boring and pointless and pretty much just had a couple bratty kids sitting on a mountainside watching the battle. If that's not bad enough, some of the lines seemed to be spoken in telekinesis, considering it was just blank stares looking at each other.
I don't know whether to blame the writing, the directing, or the acting for all the blank, meaningless stares. All the humans were pretty horrible actors, and the bad dubbing didn't help any. The only three who were actually pretty cool were the three faerie girls. They weren't the same as the twin faeries from previous Mothra movies, and they weren't even twins. Actually, they looked totally different, but that's ok. They wore cool costumes, carried most of the story, and even sang a song or two. And the evil faerie sister, trying to use Desghidorah for her own evil ways, was actually pretty cute, so that's always a plus.
The special effects had its ups and downs. There were a few really great looking scenes, and Desghidorah (which was pretty much like a black King Ghidorah with four legs) was pretty badass looking.
Mothra looked pretty cool in a few scenes, too. There was the usual caterpillar version crawling around for a little bit which looked the same as always, if not a little worse then in older movies. I don't really want to give it away, but the underwater Mothra scene looked really good. The only problem is, there can't be the same kind of action that's in a Godzilla movie, and cause Mothra just isn't as tough or limber as Big G. She can fly around and shoot stuff, but that's about it. This is pretty evident through most of the movie, when Mothra's getting beaten pretty badly. But there is one pretty cool scene near the end where it actually convinces you that Mothra CAN kick some ass.
Overall: It's a so-so kaiju, with a couple cool fight scenes. It's mostly pretty boring, focusing on human's who don't really have much to say or do, other then run around, doing silly stuff. It's worth a rental if you're into these kinds of movies.
I just imported this movie.Rather interesting, I have to say.This reminds me
of some of the old school Kaiju Eiga (Japanese Monster
Taken from a facial value,it is quite different and hard to take seriously.Let's see, the monsters fight in (yes,it's true) a family household.The twin fairies are called "The Sylphids" in this one,and they have names,Laura and Maol.They even have an evil counterpart,Baru Bara and Desu Gidora.
Worth a lookie or too.
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.
Death Ghidora is a terrible three-headed monster that is released when a seal is removed from his tomb. Little fairies Lora and Moll must call upon the aged Mothra. This Mothra won a previous battle with Death Ghidora many, many years ago but that was when she was still a young Moth. Now, the years of battle and time have taken its toll on her body. She has an egg waiting to be hatched but when the battle begins it is not ready. Off to save the world once more is Mothra. Like a battle weary fighter, Mothra tries to pull off a "Rocky" ending. Inside the egg her youngster senses that "Momma" is in trouble and hatches early. Can baby save Momma? Can Momma and baby Mothra team together and defeat the evil. Can the little fairies defeat the evil fairy "Belvera?" This film is a good story of "evil vs good" and also of "family!" A must for all those fans of Japanese monster films.
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