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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

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)
Jerry Itô Jerry Itô ... Kurâruku Neruson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata ... Doctor
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburô Kawazu ... General
Takashi Shimura ... News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Military Advisor
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto ... Ship Survivor
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... Ship Survivor
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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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Taglines:

EARTH QUAKES AS MONSTER SEEKS TINY MATES! (original USA poster-all caps) See more »


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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Indonesian

Release Date:

10 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mothra See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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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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Trivia

Hiroshi Koizumi would later return as Professor Shin'ichi Chûjô many years later in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003), which also featured Mothra. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Shinichi is showing the symbols he discovered in the cave to Senchan, you can see someone in black pants and shoes walking down the stairs behind Senchan's head. 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

In the credits for the U.S. version, including promo material released by Columbia Pictures, Eurasian model Jerry Ito (who plays the villianous Mr. Nelson) is billed as "Jelly Ito." 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 The Magic Serpent (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Infanto no musume
Written by Kôji Kajita (as Susumu Ike)
Performed by Za Pînattsu
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Better than Average Toho film
4 April 2006 | by cpetr13See all my reviews

I think what makes this movie special is not the "giant insect" aspect but the mysticism involved. Godzilla is a legend in the original at least but Mothra is actually a deity--and a hands-on deity at that. Inlikethe other creatures in this bestiary, Monthra is beloved of those who live with it and is protected by it, often by direct intercession.

Unlike the other monsters, Mothra can die, and has done so. But it continues to protect its people by reproducing the old fashioned way--it lays eggs. IT is also intelligent and intuitive, and its nature is NOT aggressive or violent. It's almost Buddhist in nature.

The only other time they tried to work this kind of mysticism into these movies was with King Cesar--a giant cocker spaniel with contacts. The beast was just too goofy to be taken seriously.

Mothra is a great addition to the canon.


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