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Godzilla vs. The Thing ()

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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Akira Takarada ...
Ichiro Sakai
Yuriko Hoshi ...
Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Professor Miura
Yû Fujiki ...
Jiro Nakamura
Kenji Sahara ...
Jiro Torahata
Emi Itô ...
Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
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Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Yoshifumi Tajima ...
Kumayama
Jun Tazaki ...
Murata, Newspaper Editor
Kenzô Tabu ...
Mayor
Yoshio Kosugi ...
Chief of Infant Island
Akira Tani ...
Village Headman
Susumu Fujita ...
JSDF General
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School Principal
Ikio Sawamura ...
Priest
Ren Yamamoto ...
Sailor
Kôzô Nomura ...
Soldier
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi ...
Police Officer
Mitsuo Tsuda
Shin Ôtomo ...
Police Officer
Senkichi Ômura ...
Villager
Miki Yashiro ...
Schoolteacher
Kôji Iwamoto
Terumi Oka
Wataru Ômae ...
Islander
Shirô Tsuchiya
Takuzô Kumagai
Kôji Uno ...
Villager
Yutaka Nakayama ...
Islander
Toshihiko Furuta ...
Soldier
Hideo Shibuya ...
Journalist
Kôji Uruki
Kenzô Echigo
Yukihiko Gondô
Kôichi Satô
Hiroshi Akitsu
Tadashi Okabe ...
Soldier
Haruya Sakamoto
Seishirô Kuno ...
Aide
Hiroshi Takagi
Keisuke Yamada
Shinjirô Hirota
Shigemi Sunagawa
Ikuo Kawamura
Rinsaku Ogata
Haruo Suzuki
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Mothra
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Gojira
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Harold Conway ...
Weapon's Expert on US Ship (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ...
Torahata (uncredited) (voice)
Robert Dunham ...
US Navy Soldier (uncredited)
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Villager / Reporter (uncredited) (voice)
Bernie Grant ...
Sakai (uncredited) (voice)
Kenneth Harvey ...
Professor Miura (uncredited) (voice)
Bret Morrison ...
Kumayama (uncredited) (voice)
Larry Robinson ...
Nakamura / Journalist (uncredited) (voice)
Paulette Rubinstein ...
Junko / Shobijin (uncredited) (voice)
Terry Van Tell ...
Shobijin (uncredited) (voice)
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Missile Surveyor on US Ship (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ishirô Honda

Written by

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Shin'ichi Sekizawa ... (written by)

Produced by

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Sanezumi Fujimoto ... executive producer
Tomoyuki Tanaka ... producer

Music by

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Akira Ifukube

Cinematography by

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Hajime Koizumi

Film Editing by

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Ryôhei Fujii

Production Design by

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Takeo Kita

Production Management

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Boku Morimoto ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Kôji Kajita ... chief assistant director

Sound Department

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Hiroshi Mukoyama ... sound mixer
Sadamasa Nishimoto ... sound effects editor
Hisashi Shimonaga ... sound effects / sound technician
Fumio Yanoguchi ... sound recordist

Special Effects by

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Hiroshi Mukoyama ... special effects opticals
Teruyoshi Nakano ... assistant director of special effects
Teizô Toshimitsu ... special effects suit designer
Eiji Tsuburaya ... director of special effects
Akira Watanabe ... art director of special effects

Visual Effects by

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Sadamasa Arikawa ... director of special effects photography
Kyuichirô Kishida ... special effects lighting (as Kuichirô Kishida)
Yukio Manoda ... optical photographer
Minoru Nakano ... optical effects animation
Yoshiyuki Tokumasa ... optical photography
Sokei Tomioka ... special effects cameraman

Stunts

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Haruo Nakajima ... stunt choreographer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Shoshichi Kojima ... lighting technician

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Nothing Like This Ever On the Screen! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Godzilla Against Mothra (Japan, English title)
  • Godzilla tai Mothra (Japan)
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla (United States)
  • Godzilla vs. Mothra (United States)
  • Godzilla vs. The Thing (United States)
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Runtime
  • 89 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $20,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia It's not generally known among non-Godzilla enthusiasts, but "Mothra" had her own movie in 1961. Mothra (1961) was one of the major monster films Toho made during Godzilla's rest from the silver screen from 1955-1962. Other Toho monsters that originally had their own separate movie would take the same path as Mothra. Rodan, Manda, Baragon, and Varan would appear in future Godzilla movies, but Rodan though would be the only monster out of these four that would take on any major roles. 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 (1964) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965). See more »
Quotes News Reporter Ichiro Sakai: Yoka, get your things together.
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: I've been trying to get a shot of the area, but the land is moving. Look, over there.
[the earth moves, and out emerges a creature]
Mayor: Ah! Oh! Godzilla!
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