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Mothra (1961)

Mosura (original title)
Passed | | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 10 May 1962 (USA)
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A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of its two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.

Director:

Ishirô Honda (as Inoshiro Honda)

Writers:

Shin'ichi Sekizawa (screenplay), Shin'ichirô Nakamura (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Furankî Sakai ... Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA Bulldog)
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Dr. Shin'ichi Chûjô
Kyôko Kagawa ... Photographer Michi Hanamura
Yumi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Yumi Ito)
Emi Itô Emi Itô ... Shobijin (Twin Fairy) (as Emi Ito)
Jerry Itô Jerry Itô ... Kurâruku Neruson (as Jerî Itô)
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata ... Doctor
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburô Kawazu ... General
Takashi Shimura ... News Editor
Yoshio Kosugi Yoshio Kosugi ... Ship Captain
Yoshifumi Tajima Yoshifumi Tajima ... Military Advisor (as Yoshibumi Tajima)
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto ... Ship Survivor (as Yasushi Yamamoto)
Haruya Katô Haruya Katô ... Ship Survivor (as Haruya Kato)
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Storyline

Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were protected by a special juice that was given to them by the island's residents. A joint expedition of Rolisican and Japanese scientists explores Beiru and discovers many curious things, including two women only one foot (30 centimeters) high. Unscrupulous expedition leader Clark Nelson abducts the women and puts them in a vaudeville show. But their sweet singing contains a telepathic cry for help to Mothra, a gigantic moth that is worshiped as a deity by the island people. The giant monster heeds the call of the women and heads to Tokyo, wreaking destruction in its path. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@bluemarble.net>

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Taglines:

Mightiest monster in all creation! Ravishing a universe for love! See more »


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English | Indonesian

Release Date:

10 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mothra See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

| (re-issue) | (theatrical) | (re-issue) (VHS) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the American version, Mothra's home's name is changed from Infant Island to Beiru. However, in the American versions of her next three appearances, the island is called Infant Island. See more »

Goofs

While the tribesmen are singing and dancing in front of Mothra's egg, one of the tribesmen loses his wig at the end of the song, then quickly grabs it back from the floor. See more »

Quotes

ShobijinShobijin: Mothra will soon be here.
Journalist Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda: Mothra?
ShobijinShobijin: Mothra, she'll rescue us, and return us to our island!
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Crazy Credits

In the credits for the U.S. version, including promo material released by Columbia Pictures, Eurasian model Jerry Ito (who plays the villianous Mr. Nelson) is billed as "Jelly Ito." See more »

Alternate Versions

The American version also deleted the scene where the two priests asks the populace of Newkirk City to pray for Mothra to end her rampage over the city. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Game Trailers: Pokemon Black & White (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Mosura no uta
(uncredited)
Music by Yûji Koseki
Lyrics by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Ishirô Honda and Shin'ichi Sekizawa (as Kôji Yuki)
Performed by Za Pînattsu
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Mosura: Passable Godzilla universe effort
18 October 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Though not a great fan of the Godzilla universe movies I cannot deny their quality, their charm and how much they accomplished with creating the universe in general.

Here we see the debut of Mothra getting her own film, a character who would go onto be one of the most commonly seen creatures.

It tells the story of a rich businessman who kidnaps two tiny ladies from their native land to use in show business. In doing so Mothra was summoned to retrieve them using any means necessary even if it means the entire destruction of Tokyo in the process.

Mothra actually looks good for it's day, there is no man in a goofy suit as usual and Mothra in both infant and adult forms look far better than you'd expect.

The cast are less generic than usual, the lead is fairly comedic and the whole thing feels above average within this original kaiju film.

Certainly one of the better films of the series that I've seen thus far, but still highly niche.

The Good:

Some of the sfx are quite good for their day

Character development is better than usual

The Bad:

Still highly cheesy

A few weak points in the plot

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Stowaways are not only not punished but they are given guns

A gigantic monster worm in a coccoon isn't newsworthy

The transitional phase for giant moths is a peanut


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