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Mothra (1961)

Mosura (original title)
Passed | | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 10 May 1962 (USA)
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A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of its two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

Director:

Ishirô Honda (as Inoshiro Honda)

Writers:

Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay), Shin'ichirô Nakamura (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Furankî Sakai ... Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA Bulldog)
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Dr. Shin'ichi Chûjô
Kyôko Kagawa ... Photographer Michi Hanamura
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Yumi Ito)
Emi Itô Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Emi Ito)
Jerry Itô Jerry Itô ... Kurâruku Neruson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Dr. Harada
Takashi Shimura ... News Editor
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Nelson's Henchman
Seizaburô Kawazu ... General
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Military Advisor (as Yoshibumi Tajima)
Akihiko Hirata ... Doctor
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Helicopter Pilot
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Ship Captain
Kôji Iwamoto Kôji Iwamoto ... Nelson's Henchman (as Hiroshi Iwamoto)
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Storyline

Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were protected by a special juice that was given to them by the island's residents. A joint expedition of Rolisican and Japanese scientists explores Beiru and discovers many curious things, including two women only one foot (30 centimeters) high. Unscrupulous expedition leader Clark Nelson abducts the women and puts them in a vaudeville show. But their sweet singing contains a telepathic cry for help to Mothra, a gigantic moth that is worshiped as a deity by the island people. The giant monster heeds the call of the women and heads to Tokyo, wreaking destruction in its path. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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THE MOST FANTASTIC LOVE EVER!,,,BETWEEN THE MOST MONSTROUS BEAST EVER CREATED AND THE TINIEST WOMEN EVER BORN! (original USA ad-all caps) See more »


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Trivia

A scene explaining the origins of Mothra and the fairies was planned, but it was deemed too long and was dropped from the final draft. See more »

Goofs

When Mothra is destroying Newkirk City, the site of the action repeatedly returns to show various shots of destruction in front of the "Newkirk Motors" building. See more »

Quotes

ShobijinShobijin: Mothra will soon be here.
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda: Mothra?
ShobijinShobijin: Mothra, she'll rescue us, and return us to our island!
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Crazy Credits

The U.S. version, as released by Columbia Pictures, has an extensive cast listing. However, the names of Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi and Kyoko Kagawa are missing. They are the top billed stars of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The American version also deleted the scene where the two priests asks the populace of Newkirk City to pray for Mothra to end her rampage over the city. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Mothra vs. Godzilla (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Mosura no uta
(uncredited)
Music by Yûji Koseki
Lyrics by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishirô Honda and Shin'ichi Sekizawa (as Kôji Yuki)
Performed by Za Pînattsu
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A Twin-Engine Monster
6 May 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

A greedy businessman captures two little(and I mean little) fairies from a remote, thought-to-be deserted island, only to showcase them to public much like Carl Denham does with King Kong. Of course Nelson Clark's scale is miniature. The Japanese people represented by some scientists and a chubby newspaper reporter and his sidekick photographer try to rescue the girls and return them to their home before Mothra, a giant caterpillar then moth, comes to Tokyo to retrieve them, leaving devastation in its wake. Inshiro Honda directed this marvelous film, and his directorial touch is very evident. The film has many beautiful color backgrounds, some great music(love the song the Ito sisters sing), solid acting from all, and some pretty nice miniature sets. The "monster" itself really is good, despite its destruction of the Japanese countryside, part of Tokyo, and New Kirk City in Roscilica(Beats me where the names here came from). A film very unlike its Godzilla counterparts in spirit.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Indonesian

Release Date:

10 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mothra See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue) | (theatrical) | (re-issue) (VHS) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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