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Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Gojira vs. Mosura (original title)
In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.

Director:

Takao Okawara

Writers:

Wataru Mimura (story "Gojira tai Gigamosu"), Akira Murao (story "Mosura tai Bagan") | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tetsuya Bessho Tetsuya Bessho ... Takuya Fujita
Satomi Kobayashi Satomi Kobayashi ... Masako Tezuka
Takehiro Murata Takehiro Murata ... Kenji Andoh
Saburô Shinoda Saburô Shinoda ... Professor Fukazawa
Akiji Kobayashi ... Yuzo Tsuchihashi
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Environmental Planning Board Chief Joji Minamino
Makoto Ôtake Makoto Ôtake ... Marutomo Head Takeshi Tomokane
Keiko Imamura Keiko Imamura ... Cosmos #1
Sayaka Osawa Sayaka Osawa ... Cosmos #2
Megumi Odaka Megumi Odaka ... Miki Saegusa
Tetsu Watanabe ... Army Commander
Shin'ya Ohwada Shin'ya Ohwada ... Official (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
Shoji Kobashi Shoji Kobashi ... Official
Susumu Kurobe ... Official
Shin Tatsuma Shin Tatsuma ... Official
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Storyline

The Earth is headed for disaster and when an archeological research team visits Infant Island to find out why, they discover two tiny women who reveal that the Earth is fighting back for all the harm humans have done here and sends out the evil Battra to destroy us. The Cosmos, as the girls are called, offer their help by calling Mothra to battle the creature. Unfortunately, Godzilla also appears and a three way battle begins that threatens to destroy Japan. Written by Todd A. Bobenrieth <TAB146@PSUVM.EDU>

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Trivia

This was only the first of 2 Godzilla films that would finish as the highest grossing domestic films for its year of release. The other was GODZILLA vs DESTROYAH in 1995. See more »

Goofs

After the earthquake is detected at the Mt. Fuji observatory The Cosmos begin singing to summon Mothra back to japan their mouths aren't moving when they recite the first "Mothura" of the song before pausing and moving to the nearby window to continue singing. See more »

Quotes

Yuzo Tsuchiashi: [witnessing Battra's arrival] What is all this? What's happening to our planet?
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Alternate Versions

The US version cuts a majority of the ending credits, shortening the runtime from 102 minutes to 100 minutes. See more »

Connections

Follows Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) See more »

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A very enjoyable slice of kaiju fun
11 March 2001 | by vknSee all my reviews

A very solid entry into the giant monster genre. What makes this stand out compared to most other kaiju flicks is the way that the human characters are actually likeable and entertaining to watch. Unlike many other kaiju films, the "plot-explaining" scenes here are not a nuisance that clutter the film and delay the giant monster fight scenes we're all waiting for. Instead they blend into the film well and feature characters that one can grow to like (Masako and Takuya's affectionate bickering was very amusing, for instance). It says a lot about the strength of the human characters when you consider that even the little girl featured in the cast is not a nuisance (though she does utter the hilarious line "I'll make my daddy get a -real- job!").

The actual city-stomping and monster-on-monster battle scenes are a delight as well, and there are plenty of them. While they're beginning to show their age, they still look polished and convincing enough to be entertaining, and are done with lots of style. Special mention must go to the beautiful music, which adds to the film greatly.

Of course, the main storyline is pretty daft, though stomachable. As usual with Mothra around, there's a rather thick environmentalist message to blurb out, but the subject's treated in a not too clunky fashion this time. There are the odd moments of cheesy special effects or clumsy dubbing, but nothing too serious. All in all this is a very entertaining film. It makes a good introduction to the genre for kaiju newbies and kaiju fanatics will lap it up. In fact, anyone with an interest whatsoever in modern Japanese culture shouldn't hesitate about checking this out.

That, and the chanting of "Mossura ya, Mossura..." tends to stick with one ^^.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

12 December 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,566,037
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Toho Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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