Saturday, January 24, 2015

Godzilla vs Mothra (Mosura Tai Gojira) 1964

Godzilla vs. Mothra

     Huge machines have been placed near the ocean by Tokyo.  An unscrupulous developer is sucking out ocean water in order to create dry land for luxury condos.  There is a big storm and a giant egg washes up on the beach nearby.  A structure is built around the egg and it’s put on public display.  As a consequence of the loss of the ocean water, a resting Godzilla is disturbed, he rises from the dust and he starts a rampage through Tokyo.  The tiny two women (the Peanut Sisters) who sing to Mothra are asked to request the help of Mothra to fight against Godzilla. 
     This film is also funny like the 1956 Godzilla with Raymond Burr and Godzilla’s back spines also glow when he shoots fire breath.  Toys are again used to fill in for real buildings and equipment.  Everyone in Tokyo is running for hours and maybe even days!!  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

89 min, Action directed by Ishiro Honda with Akira Takarada, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yu Fujiki, Kenju Sahara, Emi Ito, Ymi Ito, Yoshifumi Tajima.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 90% critic 67% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.2* out of 5* with 208 reviews.
Special Note:  There was another movie made in 1964 and directed by Ishiro Honda titled San Daikaiju: Chikyu Saidai No Kessen (Ghidrah The Three Headed Monster).  This film is about Rodan Mothra, Godzilla teaming up to save Tokyo from another monster.

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