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Mothra vs. Godzilla ()

Mosura tai Gojira (original title)
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A typhoon washes ashore a gigantic egg that's claimed by greedy entrepreneurs near Nagoya. They refuse to return it to its rightful owner, Mothra, as Godzilla washes ashore from the same typhoon.

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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
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bin Furuya ...
Police Officer
Shigeo Katô ...
Native islander
Akio Kusama ...
Defense Force Executive, aborigine
Harold Conway ...
Weapon's Expert on US Ship (uncredited)
Robert Dunham ...
US Navy Soldier (uncredited)
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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
Ishirô Honda ... (1970 champion festival reissue)

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

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Kaimai Eizo ... special effects
Hiroshi Mukoyama ... special effects opticals
Keizô Murase ... special effects
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

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Sadamasa Arikawa ... director of special effects photography
Sadao Iizuka ... visual effects
Kyuichirô Kishida ... special effects lighting
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

Additional Crew

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Samuel Z. Arkoff ... presenter
James H. Nicholson ... presenter

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • モスラ対ゴジラ (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Godzilla Against Mothra (Japan, English title)
  • Godzilla tai Mothra (Japan)
  • Godzilla vs. Mothra (United States)
  • Godzilla vs. The Thing (United States)
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  • 89 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $20,000,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia When the protagonists arrive on Infant Island, the skeleton of a turtle is seen in the background where it appears move slightly. This is often misunderstood to be an error but it's actually an intentional choice, inspired by the Italian documentary Mondo cane (1962), which showcased the decomposed remains of a turtle that swayed in the wind. Many fans however took it further, pointing out that it appeared to blink suggesting it was indeed a living, albeit disfigured, creature. The creature eventually was nicknamed "Skeleturtle" and developed a cult following. It would make a cameo in a Godzilla comic and Toho themselves would sell merchandise of the creature, cementing its status as an actual kaiju with it's official name being translated to "Mystery Bones of Infant Island". See more »
Goofs When the Mothra larva grabs into Godzilla's tail and he flings it around, the skin of the Mothra larva cracks as it is being damage by Godzilla. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965). See more »
Soundtracks Sacred Springs See more »
Quotes [the natives of Infant Island refuse to assist Japan after Godzilla attacks because their island had been ravaged by man's atomic bomb testings]
News Photographer Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi: Please listen, we all understand. But do not blame every one of us of what has happened. The monster is killing everyone. The good are being killed, as well as the evil. Are you going to let innocent men died along side guilty men. You have no right to decide that, that right is sacred. My friends and I appeal to you with the utmost humility. Our people are unable to stop Godzilla. We truly like to help you, but we need your help first. Refuse us then, and everyone will die!
News Reporter Ichiro Sakai: Just as you distrust as, then we distrust others we well. What's wrong? We're all human. As humans we are responsible for each other, we're related. Refuse us then you'll abandon your brothers. We must learn to help each other.
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