Godzilla vs. Mothra

Japan Release: 1992
Running Time:
102 minutes

Godzilla vs. Mothra


Japanese Title

ゴジラ VS モスラ
[Gojira vs. Mosura]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

A meteorite collides into the Earth, setting off a chain reaction. This results in strong currents that unearth Mothra's egg on Infant Island. Due to the damage to the area, an expedition is sent to assess the island. While there, they find both Mothra's egg and two small Cosmos, members of a age old civilization that once lived on Earth. Unfortunately, the Cosmos had constructed a weather device, controlling the climate. This led to the birth of the Black Mothra: Battra. Mothra defended the Cosmos from Battra, but only a few Cosmos survived the conflict. Unfortunately the meteorite has woken Battra in present time as well. The creature arrives in Japan, causing massive damage before it vanishes. Meanwhile on Infant Island, Mothra's egg is being taken back to Japan. The trip is sidetracked as Godzilla arrives. Sensing the danger, the Mothra larva hatches from the egg and the two kaiju begin to fight. The pair are interrupted by Battra, though, who proves to be a formidable match for Godzilla...

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Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews

Titles

International Title

Godzilla vs. Mothra

Initial US Title

Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth
US Distributor: Tristar (1998) / Time: 100 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla vs. Mothra
[Literal translation]

Godzilla: Battle of the Saurian-Mutants
[German]

Godzilla vs. Mothra: Battle for Earth
[Australia]

Godzilla: The Mutant Dinosaur
[Argentina]


Monsters



Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Staff

Cast

Directed by Takao Okawara
Writing credits Kazuki Omori
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Executive Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, Koji Hashimoto
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Yoshinori Sekiguchi, Kenichi Eguchi
Film Editing by Michiko Ikeda
Production Design by Ken Sakai
Assistant Director Masaaki Tezuka
Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Assitant Director of Special Effects Kenji Suzuki
Takuya Fujita Tetsuya Bessho
Masako Tezuka Satomi Kobayashi
Kenji Andoh Takehiro Murata
Fukazawa, Professor Saburo Shinoda
Yuzo Tsuchiashi Akiji Kobayashi
Miki Saegusa Megumi Odaka
Jyoji Minamino, Environmental Planning Board Chief Akira Takarada
Takeshi Tomokane, Head of Marutomo Makoto Otake
Cosmos Sayaka Osawa, Keiko Imamura
Mayumi Fukazawa Yoshiko Tanaka
Marutomo Employee Koichi Ueda

Posters


Box Office

Release Date: December 12th, 1992 (Japan)
Attendance: 4,200,000 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥2,220,000,000 / $20,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage



DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Tristar (1998) Order
United States Region 1 Triple Feature: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah Sony (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Godzilla vs. Mothra Toho (2002)
Australia Region 4 Godzilla vs. Mothra: Battle for Earth Madman (2006)
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. Mothra Toho (2009)
United States Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah/Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth Sony (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks

Compilations

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on February 20th, 1996 with the registration number of PA0000796964. The movie was submitted under its international title, Godzilla vs. Mothra, and its American title, Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth. The copyright registration is interesting as its use of Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth predates the Tristar home video release in the United States.
  • Oddly, Godzilla is often depicted as green on the Japanese movie poster rather than his normal charcoal gray. However, the Japanese Special Effects Movie Ad Collection (ISBN: 4197201028) showcases a variant of the poster that has Godzilla with grayish tones. This version of the poster can be seen here, although it was likely unused or is a very rare piece of promotional material.
  • As recounted by director Takao Okawara, the Toho executives felt that Okawara wasn't experienced enough to direct a Godzilla film, as at the time Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected (1991) was the only movie under his belt. However, producer Shogo Tomiyama lobbied heavily for Okawara, and the producer's efforts eventually won over the executives. This detail is listed in the 2000 magazine Fangoria #195.

Concept Art



Reviews

Anthony Romero Star Rating
January 22, 2005