Mothra's egg washes ashore in Japan and is claimed by greedy entrepreneurs who refuse to return it to Infant Island. As Godzilla arises near Nagoya, the Infant Islanders must decide if they are willing to answer Japan's own pleas for help.


Ishirô Honda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ... Ichiro Sakai
Yuriko Hoshi ... Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Jiro Nakamura
Kenji Sahara ... Jiro Torahata
Emi Itô Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yoshifumi Tajima ... Kumayama
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Murata, Newspaper Editor
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


A hurricane blows Mothra's egg off Infant Island and causes it to drift to Japan. Banzo Torhata sees an opportunity to make money off the egg but Mothra's twin priestesses show up and plead with him to return the egg or else the larva will hatch and cause great damage in search of food. Torahata refuses and tries to kidnap the fairies. They then go to reporters Ichiro Sakai and Junko Nakanishi to try to persuade Torahata to return the egg. Torahata still refuses and the girls leave with the adult Mothra. In the meantime Godzilla reawakens and begins another rampage. Japan's only hope is for Mothra to return and not only save her unhatched offspring, but Japan as well. Written by Brian Washington <>

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When the film was re-issued to Japanese theaters in 1980, it received a new poster with the artwork done by Leiji Matsumoto. See more »


The first time Mothra flies away the protagonists grab trees to stay upright, the big tree that two of the characters are holding moves and shakes. This is because Mothra is generating strong winds that is blowing everything away. See more »


[the natives of Infant Island must decide if they are willing to answer Japan's pleas for help]
Professor Miura: It's a selfish request, but can you help us?
Shobijin (Twin Fairy)Shobijin (Twin Fairy): We must refuse. We have no faith in your world.
Professor Miura: Including us?
Shobijin (Twin Fairy)Shobijin (Twin Fairy): We're very sorry.
News Reporter Ichiro Sakai: What do we do now?
Professor Miura: It's clear we're not welcome here.
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: Please listen to me. I understand why you don't trust us, but even as we speak, many are dying because of Godzilla. Many of them are good people, but even bad people have a right to live. You may call it divine retribution, but all...
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Alternate Versions

In the original Japanese version, Mothra is referred to as "she". In the Americanized version, Mothra is referred as "he". See more »


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Another one of Ishiro Honda's classic monster movies
19 June 2006 | by TheUnknown837-1See all my reviews

As a major fan of the original dark, haunting kaiju movies, I very much enjoy watching "Godzilla vs. Mothra" even though I still can't understand why they call Mothra "the Thing" (maybe it's just in the Americanized dubbed version).

Godzilla's appearance in this movie is very good, however, there are some problems with his mouth in this movie. They are very wobbly and that's because in the sequence where Godzilla emerges from underground, the suit got damaged and the mouth got loose. And later on, the head caught on fire, although if you ask me, that was pretty cool and showed how invincible and invulnerable Godzilla really is.

The music's superior with legendary composer Akira Ifukube campusing the score. Eiji Tsuburaya handles the great special effects and Ishiro Honda's talents as a director come through in this movie.

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Release Date:

17 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Godzilla vs. The Thing See more »

Filming Locations:

Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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