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times, a monster know as Bagan stalked the country
of China. The beast was referred to as a living
god, a yamato, and protected the small inhabitants
of the forest from which he dwelled. Eventually,
as years dragged on, the yamato becomes sealed in
large body of ice; however, it was documented, in
a centuries-old collection of Chinese poetry, that
the return of the "primordial dragon"
will occur when "evil rulers despoil the land."
Prophecy becomes reality when global warming begins
to ravage the earth in modern times.
In the Himalayas, Bagan's ancient, glacial tomb
cracks open and melts away. The beast lives once
more, his mission is clear: to destroy those who
have ravaged the Earth... to destroy mankind. Even
as the living god is freed from his tomb, in Borneo
a mammoth egg is discovered. Not long after being
uncovered, a object appears in the sky: Mothra,
an ancient monster of peace left behind by an alien
civilization to safeguard the world from Bagan.
The egg soon hatches there after, revealing it to
be the egg of Mothra as a larva crawls out.
The monsters then embark on a series of worldwide battles,
as Mothra and her kin venture to Bagan's current location.
The first confrontation occurs in Singapore, as the
Mothras are unable to stop the yamato. The creatures
continue their skirmish in Bangkok; however, this time
Bagan ends up killing the adult Mothra. With the tides
of battle left to the offspring, the larvae Mothra builds
a cocoon and changes into its Imago form. The final
battle then follows, as Mothra and Bagan face off in
Bangladesh for the final time. Despite the fact that
Bagan has become even more powerful since their last
confrontation, sprouting two giant wings to fly about,
the beast is finally dispelled by Mothra and the world
left in peace.
production of Godzilla's 17th outing, Toho set out to
return their second most popular character, Mothra,
to the big screen. For this project, Toho intended to
pit Mothra against Bagan, a heavily revamped version
of what was first conceived in The
Reawakening of Godzilla. The movie was
also going to take place on a more global scale, with
segments occurring in Thailand, Nepal, China, Malaysia
and Indonesia. The screenplay was finished on April
4th, 1990 and the attached staff included: Kazuki Omori
as writer/director, Koichi
Kawakita as special effects director with Tomoyuki
Tanaka and Shogo
Tomiyama as producers.
vs. Biollante (1989) didn't meet the firm's
expectations at the box office, and Mothra vs. Bagan
was canceled as the company deemed it too risky to do
a monster film without Godzilla. In the project's wake,
and to commemorate their 60th anniversary as a company,
Toho began working on Godzilla
vs. King Ghidorah (1991) instead.
Out of all the unused projects, Mothra vs.
Bagan is especially noteworthy for being one
of the furthest along in development before being
canceled, even garnering the approval of current Toho president
Tanaka. Another interesting thing to note is that
this movie was also planned to be the first reoccurring
appearance of the Miki Saegusa character from Godzilla
vs. Biollante (1989), and would have been
her only role outside of the Godzilla films.
A few years later, after Wataru
Mimura's proposal for Godzilla vs. Mothra
was rejected, Omori was given his chance to write
a screenplay featuring Godzilla and Mothra. His
first attempt was an adaptation of the Mothra
vs. Bagan concept with Godzilla, before going
in a whole new direction with what eventually became
vs. Mothra (1992).
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