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Mothra ()

Mosura (original title)
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A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of it's two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

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Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA Bulldog)
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Dr. Shin'ichi Chûjô
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Photographer Michi Hanamura
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Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Yumi Ito)
Emi Itô ...
Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Jerry Itô ...
Kurâruku Neruson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara ...
Dr. Harada
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Doctor
Kenji Sahara ...
Helicopter Pilot
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General
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News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Military Advisor
Ren Yamamoto ...
Ship Survivor
Haruya Katô ...
Ship Survivor
Kô Mishima ...
Ship Survivor (scenesDeleted)
Tetsu Nakamura ...
Nelson's Henchman
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Dam Worker
Hiroshi Takagi ...
Nelson's Henchman
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ...
Woodcutter
Teruko Mita ...
Rest House Owner's Wife
Kôji Iwamoto ...
Nelson's Henchman
Mitsuo Tsuda ...
Surveyor
Masamitsu Tayama ...
Shinji Chûjô
Toshio Miura ...
Nelson's Henchman
Tadashi Okabe ...
Surveyor
Akira Wakamatsu ...
Nelson's Henchman
Yutaka Nakayama ...
Radio Communicator
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Nelson's Rolisican Henchman (as Jonî Yusefu)
Obel Wyatt ...
Dr. Roff (as Ôberu Waiatto)
Harold Conway ...
Rolisican Ambassador (as Harorudo Esu Kon'uei)
Robert Dunham ...
Police chief of New Kirk City (as Robâto Danhamu)
Akira Yamada ...
Island Worshipper
Kôji Uno ...
Police Officer
Wataru Ômae ...
Official
Toshihiko Furuta ...
Dam Worker
Keisuke Matsuyama ...
Shipmate
Kôji Kamimura ...
Small Role
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Neck of Mosura Larva
Takeo Nagashima ...
Island Dancer
Mitsuo Matsumoto ...
Police Officer
Hideo Shibuya ...
Journalist (as Shinpei Mitsui)
Kazuo Hinata ...
Official
Shigeo Katô ...
Dam Watchman
Rinsaku Ogata ...
Ship Survivor
Yutaka Oka ...
Captain of Transport
Kô Hayami ...
Island Dancer
Hiroyuki Satake ...
Police Officer
Kazuo Imai ...
Announcer
Yoshio Katsube ...
Investigation Party Member
Hiroshi Akitsu ...
Nelson's Henchman
Akio Kusama ...
Surveyor
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Head of Mosura Larva
Ryôji Shimizu ...
Investigation Party Member
Yôichirô Kitagawa ...
(as Ryûichi Hosokawa)
Junpei Natsuki
Junnosuke Suda ...
(scenesDeleted)
Toku Ihara
Yû Sekita ...
(as Hiroshi Sekita)
Akira Kitchôji ...
(scenesDeleted)
Masaaki Tachibana
Toshiko Nakano ...
(scenesDeleted)
Tsurue Ichimanji ...
(scenesDeleted)
Tatsuo Sakai
Nanako Yamada
Nichigeki Danshingu Chîmu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gorô Sakurai ...
Member of Task Force
Animatronic Puppet ...
Mothra (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ishirô Honda

Written by

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Shin'ichi Sekizawa ... (screenplay)
 
Shin'ichirô Nakamura ... (novel) &
Takehiko Fukunaga ... (novel) &
Yoshie Hotta ... (novel)
 
Peter Fernandez ... (english version) (uncredited)
 
Robert Myerson ... (english version) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Tomoyuki Tanaka ... producer

Music by

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Yûji Koseki

Cinematography by

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Hajime Koizumi

Film Editing by

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Kazuji Taira

Art Direction by

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Teruaki Abe ... (as Kimei Abe)
Takeo Kita

Production Management

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Shin Morita ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Samaji Nonagase ... assistant director (as Masaji Nonagase)

Sound Department

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Shôichi Fujinawa ... sound recordist
Masanobu Miyazaki ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Yukio Manoda ... optical photography: special cinematography
Kan Narita ... production manager: special cinematography
Eiji Tsuburaya ... special cinematography director
Akira Watanabe ... special cinematographer: art

Visual Effects by

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Sadamasa Arikawa ... photography: special cinematography
Kyuichirô Kishida ... lighting: special cinematography (as Kuichiro Kishida)
Hiroshi Mukoyama ... special effects: special cinematography

Camera and Electrical Department

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Toshio Takashima ... lighting technician

Music Department

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Susumu Ike ... composer: "Mosura No Uta"

Other crew

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David D. Horne ... producer: English version
Lee Kresel ... director: English version

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Incredible! Inconceivable! World wrecked as monster hunts human mates! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Mosla (Japan, English title)
  • Mothra (United States)
  • Mothra (France)
  • Mothra bedroht die Welt (Germany)
  • Mothra (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $11,250,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia A scene explaining the origins of Mothra and the fairies was planned, but deemed too long and dropped from the final draft. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965). See more »
Soundtracks Infanto no musume See more »
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 »
Quotes Shobijin, Shobijin: Mothra will soon be here.
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda: Mothra?
Shobijin, Shobijin: Mothra, she'll rescue us, and return us to our island!
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