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Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Mosura (original title)
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A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity.


Okihiro Yoneda


Kazuki Ohmori (story "Mosura tai Bagan"), Masumi Suetani (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Megumi Kobayashi Megumi Kobayashi ... Moll
Sayaka Yamaguchi Sayaka Yamaguchi ... Lora
Aki Hano Aki Hano ... Belvera
Kazuki Futami Kazuki Futami ... Taiki
Maya Fujisawa Maya Fujisawa ... Wakaba
Kenjirô Nashimoto Kenjirô Nashimoto ... Mr. Goto
Hitomi Takahashi ... Mrs. Goto
Hiroko Tanaka Hiroko Tanaka ... Shiraishi
Kyôkei Arakawa Kyôkei Arakawa


A logging and mining company working in Northern Japan disrupts a set of magical seals buried undergound, causing the release of Death Ghidora, an enormous, three-headed monster that had previously wiped out all life on Mars and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs on Earth. When Death Ghidora begins sucking the life out of the environment, the only thing that can save the planet from destruction is Mothra, the giant flying insect. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Mothra's Return is a Crash and Burn
22 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

The mean Death Ghidora is threatening to destroy all of humanity but have no fear because Mothra comes to the rescue.

I typically like to start my reviews off with a bit more of a plot description but there's really no point here. Toho's Godzilla character was in retirement so they decided to dust off Mothra and get him back on the big screen. The original MOTHRA movie was a really fun monster movie and he would eventually make apperances in various other Godzilla films. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA has the creature returning but sadly it turned out to be his worst film up to this point.

I've always found these type of films to be quite interesting because they are so child-like but at the same time so many adults love them. I will say that the biggest problem with this movie are all the humans. I mean, they are downright annoying and the lack of any real story eventually builds up to the point where I wanted to scream. Did I mention that this plotless movie clocks in at 106-minutes? Yeah, that's right.

I will say that the monsters are a lot of fun and there are plenty of action scenes. This here is what fans want and this is where the film finally comes to life. I really do wish they had just edited out the various dialogue scenes, musical numbers and anything else that didn't deal with fighting. The fighting was extremely entertaining and I thought the special effects were a bit above average. The destruction of the land and the various explosions and fires were a major plus.

Still, there's just no way to get around the fact that there are some major issues with REBIRTH OF MOTHRA.

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14 December 1996 (Japan) See more »

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JPY1,000,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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