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Godzilla vs. Mothra Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 Ishiro Honda (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 Yumi Ito (1965), the first of the space-oriented entries in the series. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

  • Release date:September 17, 1964

Cast

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

Crew

Ishiro Honda
Director
Sanezumi Fujimoto
Producer
Shinichi Sekizawa
Screenwriter
Hajime Koizumi
Cinematographer
Akira Ifukube
Composer (Music Score)
Takeo Kita
Art Director
Motoyoshi Tomioka
Special Effects
Sadamasa Arikawa
Special Effects
Kuichiro Kishida
Special Effects
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