Godzilla vs. Mothra

Godzilla vs. Mothra

Director: Ishiro Honda Cast: Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi

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Ishiro Honda directed this fourth Godzilla film (the second for Mothra), which is bogged down at the start by an uninteresting set-up involving corporate intrigue and a pair of boring reporters. Godzilla's first appearance is not very impressive, as he rises from a sandy beach looking distinctly the worse for wear since his last outing in Kingukongu Tai Gojira (1963). The miniscule Peanut Sisters (Emi Ito, Yumi Ito) are around again, looking for one of the giant eggs which their moth goddess is always losing, and the usual heavy-handed moralizing about mankind's destructive nature is very much in evidence. Other than the peculiar set decoration on an irradiated island which looks as if it fell out of a 1930s adventure movie, the first 50 minutes or so are quite weak. After that, however, the toy tanks start firing, the natives start fleeing, the beasts start battling, and the film starts to be entertaining. The fight scenes are well-staged, given the clumsiness of the participants, and stand as some of the best such sequences of the 1960s. The eventual capture and electrocution of Godzilla in a giant net is nicely handled as well. This installment was followed by the much more interesting San Daikaiju: Chikyu Saidai No Kessen (1965), the first of the space-oriented entries in the series.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
UPC: 0796019801799
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Classic Media
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:56:00

Special Features

English subtitles; Japanese version of film; Audio commentary by Ed Godzisszewski and Steve Ryfle; Slide show of original movie posters; Akira Ifukube biography with tribute by Shogo Tomiyama; Original Japanese trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Akira Takarada News Reporter
Yuriko Hoshi Girl Photographer
Hiroshi Koizumi Scientist
Yu Fujiki Second Reporter
Susumu Fujita Public Relations Officer
Emi Ito Twin Girl
Yoshifumi Jajima Kumayama
Yoshio Kosugi Old Man In the Village
Haruo Nakajima Godzilla
Yutaka Sada Old Man
Kenji Sahara Banzo Torahata
Ikio Sawamura Priest
Kenzo Tadake Mayor
Jun Tazaki Newspaper Editor
Yoshibumi Tajima Kumayama
Ren Yamamoto Sailor

Technical Credits
Ishiro Honda Director
Sadamasa Arikawa Special Effects
Sanezumi Fujimoto Producer
Akira Ifukube Score Composer
Kuichiro Kishida Special Effects
Takeo Kita Art Director
Hajime Koizumi Cinematographer
Shinichi Sekizawa Screenwriter
Motoyoshi Tomioka Special Effects
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Eiji Tsuburaya Special Effects
Akira Watanabe Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mothra Vs. Godzilla
1. Introduction [1:23]
2. Hurricane Sized Egg [8:34]
3. Greed and Little Girls [9:11]
4. Give Us Back the Egg [4:45]
5. Godzilla Incubator [12:18]
6. Send in the Fleet [5:44]
7. Radioactive Island [10:09]
8. Money Problems [6:10]
9. Scrambled Eggs? [10:37]
10. Hatch-y Tune [8:42]
11. Save the Children [10:27]
1. Introduction [1:49]
2. Hurricane Sized Egg [8:43]
3. Greed and Little Girls [9:10]
4. Give Us Back the Egg [5:23]
5. Godzilla Incubator [12:12]
6. Military Orders [3:45]
7. Radioactive Island [10:40]
8. Money Problems [6:15]
9. Scrambled Eggs? [10:40]
10. Hatch-y Tune [8:48]
11. Save the Children [11:08]

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Godzilla vs. Mothra 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While the movie itself is one of my favorite Godzilla movies, and arguably one of the best Godzilla movies, be warned that this version of the movie only has the english audio track.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Godzilla against Mothra is, by far, the best Japanese monster film of the 1960s. It is only surpassed by the original Godzilla of 1954, and the masterpiece Rodan of 1956; both of which were churned out during Toho studio's Golden Age (the 1950s). A combination of strong story elements, direct and well planted social commentary, competant acting by some of Toho's finest thespians, and the most impressive display of special effects ever deliverd on film at that time, work smoothly together to create an all around entertaining motion picture experiance. Two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was watching this in my mind I was trying to think how Godzilla is going to come into this movie just as I'm thinking this he comes from this deserted sand radiation area. And my favorite part was when he found Mothra's egg. And he just looked and looked at it. It actually made him look like he was hungry and stumbled onto a buffet! Movie was fun to watch.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this movie cause of the special effects and the godzilla costume. The eyes look more meaner with those big eye brows I dont know if he is looking for mothras egg,destroying toyko or trying to find king kong for a rematch. my favorite parts in the movie is when the jets attack him and set is head on fire and when the caterpillars spun their silk on him.my favorite scene his the one with godzilla standing in front of a tower not the toyko tower.the music was thr best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Godzilla Vs. Mothra' is awesome. Godzilla is a lot scarier than usual. I liked the part about the giant egg and the caterpillars that came out of it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is not bad,but good,even though Godzilla does not show up at the beginning of the film! Of course,the 1998 version of Godzilla cannot compare with this one! Godzilla might scare children because of a monstrous appearance and fight with the forever working hard opponents,Battra and Mothra,who did not like fighting Godzilla in the first place! But,I wish those faires could have gotten a nice visit with the murderous giant reptile though! The fairies were so not afraid of Godzilla,singing and talking as though a mouse were about to be caught,that is why they should have been taught a good lesson! I like this installment in the series about as much as Godzilla VS.The Sea Monster,I can't tell if this was the sequel or prequel,but that doesn't matter! in conclusion,I recommend this to old time Godzilla fans!!