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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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mothra | japan | kaiju | tokusatsu | gojira | See All (47) »

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Certificate:

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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

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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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The first time Mothra flies away and our heroes grab trees to stay upright, the big tree that two of the characters are holding moves and shakes. See more »

Quotes

News Reporter Ichiro Sakai: Listen, when the girls came to us, we did nothing to help them, so why would they help us?
Editor Arota: Look, you three are the only ones who can talk to the girls. We need help or everything will get trampled. Godzilla will crush our entire nation!
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Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
27 December 2011 | by SnakesOnAnAfricanPlainSee all my reviews

Toho continue on an entertaining Kaiju streak. Here the battle is between Mothra and Godzilla. Though entertaining, it does pretty much rehash the plots of both of these monsters independent outings. Godzilla always knows when another monster is out and about and here he comes to trash some stuff up. In a desperate attempt at salvation, Japan turn to Mothra for some help. Only problem is a greedy businessman has come into possession of Mothra's egg and refuses to let it go. There are some thematic elements around the battle of the sexes here. With Godzilla representing the destructive and vengeful force of man, and Mothra the maternal do-gooder. However, unlike previous films the themes are swept under the rug for more monster brawling. There's less humor than the previous outing, and even more violence. I doubt it's any coincidence that the most violent scenes come from humans attacking humans, rather than Godzilla's rampage.


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