Mosura tai Gojira (Mothra vs. Godzilla) (1964)




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In this Japanese sci-fi fantasy, the gigantic lepidopteran Mothra returns after battling it out with King Kong. Now he has become the god of a remote island. He is administered to by the tiny twins, the Peanut Sisters. Trouble ensues when Godzilla appears and the Peanuts attempt to invoke their deity to save the island. The elderly moth attempts to stop the great reptile, but Godzilla and in a blaze of fiery breath, destroys the enormous insect. Later, a giant Mothra egg being exhibited at a traveling circus, hatches and two larval Mothras begin encasing Godzilla in a sticky cocoon to avenge their parent's death.
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Akira Takarada
as News Reporter Ichiro Sakai
Yuriko Hoshi
as Junko Nakanishi
Hiroshi Koizumi
as Professor Miura
Yu Fujiki
as Second Reporter
Susumu Fujita
as Public Relations Officer
Emi Ito
as Twin Girl
Yoshifumi Jajima
as Kumayama
Yoshio Kosugi
as Old Man In the Village
Haruo Nakajima
as Godzilla
Yutaka Sada
as Old Man
Kenji Sahara
as Banzo Torahata
Ikio Sawamura
as Priest
Jun Tazaki
as Newspaper Editor
Ren Yamamoto
as Sailor
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Critic Reviews for Mosura tai Gojira (Mothra vs. Godzilla)

All Critics (10)

As much fun as any movie about giant monsters ever has been, from any period and any country.

Full Review… | November 17, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the better Godzilla films.

October 24, 2003
Your Movies (

One of Godzilla's grooviest adventures.

July 26, 2002

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August 14, 2005

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June 22, 2005
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February 20, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Mosura tai Gojira (Mothra vs. Godzilla)

This one is considered one of the best Godzilla movies out there, but with that aside, I've been wanting to see this movie, and after finally getting around to watching it, it's actually pretty good. I mean, it's not extraordinary, but it's still worth watching. But now on with the plot: long story short, Mothra's egg washes on the beach and some corporate businessman wants to buy the egg just so he can put it up as an attraction in his amusement park. Two twin faeries show up and warn him to have the egg returned, but he ignores them and even tries to capture them. In the meantime, a news reporter, news photographer, and professor also find out about it and are determined to help the faeries and Mothra before anything bad happens to the egg. Later, Godzilla naturally comes along and interferes, leading to a serious grudge war between the two title monsters. My thoughts/defenses on this movie: okay, so the monster battles aren't great, but they're certainly not disappointing at all. In fact, the idea of Mothra against Godzilla apparently did sound like a step in the right direction for Toho, in my opinion. Yes, I know Godzilla is such a klutz in this movie, aside from the fact that his mouth is kinda wobbly in this one, but we certainly can't blame him 'cause the guy in the Godzilla costume can't see a thing. Okay, so the ending isn't very climactic, but it still leaves you with a good feeling. In conclusion, this is one Godzilla movie that I think that all Godzilla fans should give a try/give a chance 5 STars 10-13-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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Godzilla VS Mothra is a step above its previous entry, which lacked a bit despite its interesting idea of having King Kong battle Godzilla. A lot of the film doesn't make sense, but what do you expect from a Japanese monster film? However, the plot is much more interesting this time around, and it improves on points where the last one needed some touch ups. The performances are pretty good; however it's the monsters that steal the show as usual. This is a very entertaining film from start to finish, and a definite must see for genre fans. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and it is a standout film despite its imperfections. The special effects are quite good, and the battle between Mothra and Godzilla is quite exciting as well. Monster films are sheer mindless fun, and this entry certainly provides that in spades. This is an improvement over the last entry, and it should certainly appeal to genre fans looking for a good time. But like every other film that has come before aside from the original, the acting is good, but never great either. In the end who cares? The monsters are the stars of the film and they certainly deliver the thrills that you expect. Although far from perfect, this is an amusing ride, one worth taking. If you love these types of films, don't pass up on this one, you won't regret the sheer mindless nature of it all. Be prepared to be entertained by two awesome monsters battling it out and have fun. Don't expect a masterpiece with this one, but you'll most likely come out of this one as thinking that this is a fine little monster picture that deserves to be among the most memorable of the genre.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Fans and critics alike regards this movie as one of the best Godzilla entries, and it is easy to see why. It is very colorful, the special effects are top-notch for these kinds of films, and the story is quiet unique. The film manages to have the right balance of comedy and drama, with human characters that the audience does not mind spending time with. This is Mothra's second feature film, who previously starred in her own film, while this is Godzilla's fourth appearance. The film also contains probably the best Godzilla suit next to the 1954 original. At first it seems the fight between Godzilla and Mothra would not be much of a struggle, but surprisingly, it is one of the best fights of the series. I do not want to give anything away, but the way Mothra defeats Godzilla is both surprising and clever. This would be the last entry to feature Godzilla as a bad guy for an entire film until "Godzilla 1985", afterwards Toho would slowly transform Godzilla into a hero. Definitely one of my favorite Godzilla movies.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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