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Director:
Writers:
Masumi Suetani
Tomoyuki Tanaka (creator: original concept)
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Release Date:
13 December 1997 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
Mothra's twin nymphs and children from the city find a lost city, as well as a giant monster that is attracted to environmental calamities. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Good kid's fantasy -- with strings attached See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Megumi Kobayashi ... Moll
Sayaka Yamaguchi ... Lora
Aki Hano ... Belvera
Hikari Mitsushima ... Shiori Uranai / Little Girl
Masaki Otake ... Kyohei Toguchi
Shimada Maganao ... Yoji Miyagi
Atsushi Okuno ... Mikio Kotani - Thin Fisherman
Hajime Okayama ... Jun'ichi Nagase - Fat Fisherman
Maho Nonami ... Princess Yuna
Mizuho Yoshida ... Dagahra
Masahiro Noguchi ... The Fisherman who pours Venom on
Kazushi Nemoto ... Fisherman
Kentaro Sakai ... Policeman in Ishigaki Island
Misako Konno ... Toshiko Uranai / Shiori's Mother
Masahiro Sato ... Tatsuzô Itoman - Funny Teacher
Fumie Hosokawa ... Akiko Kimura / Busty teacher

Directed by
Kunio Miyoshi 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Masumi Suetani 
Tomoyuki Tanaka  creator: original concept

Produced by
Hiroaki Kitayama .... producer
Shogo Tomiyama .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Toshiyuki Watanabe 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masaaki Tezuka .... chief assistant director
 
Art Department
Yumiko Arakawa .... carpenter
 
Special Effects by
Kôichi Kawakita .... special effects
Shin'ichi Wakasa .... suit maker
Tetsuzô Ôsawa .... special effects production designer
 
Visual Effects by
Tetuzo Osawa .... visual effects designer
Kazumasa Shibata .... inferno artist
 
Animation Department
Hideo Okamoto .... character designer
 
Music Department
Kyôko Kitahara .... music supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mosura 2 - Kaitei no daikessen" - Japan (original title)
"Mothra 2" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
USA:97 min | Japan:100 min
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Trivia:
The last kaiju film Tomoyuki Tanaka would work on. This film was released a few months after his death. Tanaka created Godzilla and produced every Toho Co. Ltd. tokusatsu (special effects) movie between Gojira (1954) and this.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good kid's fantasy -- with strings attached, 8 April 2000
Author: barugon from New Jersey

I thought this was a really enjoyable movie, though aimed very much at kids. It reminded me of the old-style Gamera flicks, but with an important difference: the kid-heros behaved much more like real children than the insufferable brats of 60's monster movies.

However, my adult-brain has some reservations about it. Most of all, I found the inevitable "what I learned from the Monster" message appalling: the kids suggest it's best not to know too much, and much better to stay uninformed and let God straighten everything out. That's probably not the interpretation the film-makers wanted, but I thought that was what came across, loud and clear.

Another problem -- less serious and actually kind of endearing -- is the poverty of the special effects. Oh, don't get me wrong: some of the effects are first rate, especially those involving Mothra's transformations; and the matte shots are way ahead of the first "Mothra" (1996), where I found myself thinking of bad 70's sci-fi. But I've never seen more visible wire-work outside of a Full Moon picture. Otherwise impressive shots of Dagahrla streaking through the skies are ruined by the obvious cables running from its back. Then there's the Gogo, that bizarre Furby-like creature that creates miracles by peeing on things... even when you can't see the wire attached to his head, you just KNOW it's there.

Much more fun and far less ponderous than some of the later Godzilla flicks, this movie will appeal to anyone who has a lingering affection for the old Gamera movies, shortcomings and all. Just try not to think about it too much...

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