International Title
Mothra
Japanese Title
 モスラ
 [Mosura]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1961
  Time: 101 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 Mothra
US Distributor: 1962 (Columbia Pictures) Time: 90 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Mothra Threatens the World [German]



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Details
Shipwreck survivors are discovered on the mysterious Infant Island, a desolated isle due to nuclear testing. An expedition is sent to check on the survivors' story of a lush inner island, and discover the Shobijin fairies living in the central island paradise. A member of the team, Clark Nelson, attempts to kidnap them, but is convinced by his teammates and the nearby natives to leave them alone. This is short lived, as Nelson sets off on another expedition and captures the Shobijin while killing the natives who try to stop him. This awakens Mothra who travels to Japan, making a slow rampage on a direct path to try and recover the Shobijin.

Staff
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Takehiro Fukunaga, Yoshie Hotta, Shinichiro Nakamura, Shinichi Sekizawa
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Yuji Koseki
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Kazuji Taira
Production Design by Teruaki Abe, Takeo Kita, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Samaji Nonagase
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Cast
Senichiro Fukuda, Journalist Frankie Sakai
Shin'ichi Chujo, Doctor Hiroshi Koizumi
Michi Hanamura, Photgrapher Kyoko Kagawa
Harada, Doctor Ken Uehara
Shobijin Emi Ito, Yumi Ito
Clark Nelson Jerry Ito
News Editor Takashi Shimura
Shinji Chujo Akihiro Tayama
Roff, Doctor Obel Wyatt
Ship Doctor Akihiko Hirata
General Seizaburo Kawazu
Military Advisor Yoshifumi Tajima
Rolisican Cop Robert Dunham
Rolisican Ambassador Harold Conway
Helicoptor Pilot Kenji Sahara
Infant Island Natives Akira Yamada, Takeo Nagashima, Arai Hayamizu
Nelson's Henchmen Tetsu Nakamura, Akira Wakamatsu, Hiroshi Akitsu, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Toshio Miura, Osman Yusuf
Ship Captain Yoshio Kosugi
Ship Survivors Ren Yamamoto, Haruya Kato, Ko Mishima, Rinsaku Ogata
Announcer Kazuo Imai
Officials Wataru Omae, Kazuo Higata
Dam Workers Shoichi Hirose, Toshihiko Furuta
Reporter Koji Uno
Surveyors Tadashi Okabe, Akio Kusama, Mitsuo Tsuda
Police Officers Mitsuo Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Satake
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Mothra, Vampire Plant Atomic Heat Ray Gun, Shobijin, M4A3E8 Sherman Tank, Sikorsky H-19 Helicopter

Posters

Box Office
Release Date: July 30th, 1961 (Japan)
Budget: ¥200,000,000
Distribution Earning: ¥240,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Release Date: December 14th, 1974 (Japan, Re-Issue)

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Icons of Sci-fi: Toho Collection Sony (2009) Order
Region 2 Mothra Toho (2003)
Blu-Ray Mothra Toho (2009)

Concept Art

Reviews
Miles Imhoff [Columbia] Star Rating
August 13, 2004
Patrick Galvan Star Rating
May 22, 2015