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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Mosura tai Gojira (original title)
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A typhoon washes ashore a gigantic egg. It's soon claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra. Soon Godzilla arises near Nagoya, washed ashore by the same typhoon.

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Ishirô Honda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Ichiro Sakai
Yuriko Hoshi Yuriko Hoshi ... Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Jiro Nakamura
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Jiro Torahata
Emi Itô Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Kumayama
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Murata, Newspaper Editor
Kenzô Tabu Kenzô Tabu ... Mayor
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Chief of Infant Island
Akira Tani Akira Tani ... Village Headman
Susumu Fujita Susumu Fujita ... JSDF General
Yutaka Sada ... School Principal
Ikio Sawamura Ikio Sawamura ... Priest
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Storyline

A greedy developer has placed huge machines to suck dry a part of the ocean near Tokyo so he can put luxury condos there. After a storm, a giant egg washes up on the beach nearby and is immediately put on public display. The developer's plans go awry when he disrupts Godzilla's rest and the monster goes stomping through Tokyo again. It's up to the elderly Mothra, and then to its two offspring, to save Tokyo from destruction. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Taglines:

SEE the armies of the world destroyed! SEE the BIRTH of the world's most terrifying monster! SEE the war of the GIANTS! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | Marshallese

Release Date:

17 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla vs. The Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

When Godzilla is wading in the water heading for Iwo Island, he is only shot from behind. This is due to the fact that Haruo Nakajima was actually wearing the suit from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) instead of the Mosi Goji suit. It had already been planned to use the suit from this film for the next film in the series, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) and in order to save wear and tear it was decided to use the older suit. See more »

Goofs

After the battle between Mothra imago (adult) form and Godzilla, the twin fairies start singing their song, with the main cast watching by. Then we cut to a military battle against Godzilla which takes place at night. Afterwards, we cut back to the fairies, who are still singing, and the main characters, who are wearing the same clothes as the day before. This seems to suggest that the fairies have been singing throughout the night and into the day, and that the human cast have not moved at all through out the night, as they are in the same position as before the military battle. See more »

Quotes

Reporter Jiro Nakamura: "I'm not as afraid of Godzilla as I am of the editor... he's meaner."
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Alternate Versions

Mothra is sometimes referred to as "the Thing" in the AIP dub. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) See more »

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The finest of the Godzilla films
22 May 1999 | by MightyGorgaSee all my reviews

In Mothra v. Godzilla, all the best elements of the series come together. Godzilla is back in his full fury and with an excellent, realistic costume, and co-star Mothra, in fighting for her egg, shows personality and emotion, a trait of all the finest monster movies (such as "King Kong"). And odd though it may seem, the ubiquitous human subplot is actually interesting, giving the viewer much to think about regarding the demands of big business versus the health of the environment. (Not bad for a film made in 1964!)


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