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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.

Director:

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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Trivia

This was the first film in the series to be dubbed for American release by Titra Sound, the same studio that was also responsible for dubbing several Japanese animation features as well as "Speed Racer". See more »

Goofs

The corporates couldn't possibly have built that huge facility to house the Mothra egg in under one night, yet this is what the movie suggests. See more »

Quotes

[Kumayama, a shady businessman, announces he has just purchased a giant monster egg that washed ashore in Japan from the fishermen who hauled it in]
Villager: It was taken from our fishing waters, so it belongs to us.
Kumayama: Here is the receipt.
Reporter Jiro Nakamura: How much did you sell it for?
Villager: 1,224,560 yen.
Reporter Jiro Nakamura: That's an odd number.
Kumayama: Don't you know it's a fair price? Wholesale chicken eggs cost eight yen apiece. I figured this giant egg would be equal to 153,820 eggs. Multiply them by eight yen.
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Alternate Versions

Prints released in other Asian countries also did not contain the "Frontier Missile" scene. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Halt and Catch Fire: So It Goes (2017) See more »

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hey, not too bad
2 February 2004 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

I grew up on the fancier Godzilla flicks of the 1980s and 90s, so it took me a while to accept the flabby-faced, goofy-lookin' Godzilla of the 1960s. Even in his first appearance, the big G looked a lot more convincing, and menacing, than he is here. This film, like the one that preceded it, is part of a downward trend in the series' production values. It certainly is tough to take seriously.

But...so flippin' what? Despite screamingly obvious flaws, this flick is a blast. The surprisingly rich storyline involves corporate greed, nuclear testing, and totally bizarre mysticism. The science fiction and fantasy elements blend well, and it's fascinating as always to get the occasional insight into Japanese culture.

The acting is obviously good, even in the dubbed version, and some of the directing isn't bad (although Honda did a much better job on the first film - perhaps he had less money for this one). The fights are a bit silly, of course, but there is the occasional thrilling moment, such as when Godzilla's head gets set on fire, and when he melts a whole mess of nicely detailed model tanks. Ifkube's dramatic score elevates the film considerably, except of course when he gets into wailing horns turf, which is when I always reach for the "volume down" button.

If you can't stand the cheese, stay out of Godzilla's way. If you can, there's some fun to be had here.


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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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