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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Mosura tai Gojira (original title)
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A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

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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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Unrated | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The Torada Beach sequence, in which Godzilla is attacked by the U.S. Navy, was shot by Toho for the U.S. release. It is one of the few examples where footage of Godzilla was shot outdoors, away from the controlled environment of the studio. See more »

Goofs

In the days before digital compositing, it was common practice to print matted elements with a degree of transparency, to minimize matte lines. It was an additional step of complexity to the process, which was deliberate and not an error. Many movies are notable for partially transparent mattes, including Robinson Crusoe on Mars and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. See more »

Quotes

[the reporters and the scientist are trying to persuade the executives of Happy Enterprises to give up the giant egg]
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: You should return the egg to its rightful owner.
Kumayama: You keep saying about the 'rightful owner.' Is the rightful owner's name written on that egg?
Reporter Jiro Nakamura: No, but it's pretty clear it's Mothra's egg.
Kumayama: [shocked; looks at his partner] Mothra?
Banzo Torahata - U.S.:Shiro Torahata: [scoffs at this] Hmmph. Are you saying you have power of attorney from Mothra? Kumayama, it's no use talking with them. Ask them to leave.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Followed by Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1965) See more »

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"The Thing" Is A... Um... Giant Moth?
5 February 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (AKA GODZILLA VS. THE THING) (3+ outta 5 stars) I remember going to see this movie at a kiddie matinée as a tot. The ads never showed what "The Thing" was... but I expected some big, mean, scary creature that would be even more formidable than 'Zilla himself! I sure wasn't expecting... a giant moth. (Or a pair of baby slugs for that matter.) Now, of course, this all sounds pretty ridiculous to all the non-Godzilla-fans out there... but, of all the Godzilla films ever made, this is the one that is most fondly-remembered. There are some great scenes in this one: Godzilla's best entrance ever (he comes bursting out of the earth tail-first) Godzilla taking apart some grand Japanese architecture piece by piece is still impressive even when you *know* that it is only an actor in a suit taking apart a miniature model. Plus there are the two, tiny twins who come to Tokyo from their remote island paradise to ask for their giant radioactive back after it washes up on a Japanese beach. Mothra is, well, he's a giant moth... and he's on the verge of dying... so how much of a fight is he going to put up? But he only has to occupy 'Zilla until the egg containing his successor hatches. Anyway, silly as it all sounds, the movie works really well... definitely the 'Zilla movie to watch if you've never seen one before.


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