International Title
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Japanese Title
 [Mosura tai Gojira]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1964
  Time: 88 minutes
Initial US Title
 Godzilla vs. the Thing
US Distributor: AIP (1964) Time: 88 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Godzilla and the Prehistoric Caterpillars [German Title]
Godzilla Against Monsters [Spain Title]
Watang in Fabulous Empire of Monsters [Italian Title]

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During a typhoon, a giant egg is washed ashore in Japan. Before scientists can study it, the local villagers claim the egg and sell it to entrepreneurs Kumayama and Banzo Torahata. They plan to showcase the egg as a tourist attraction. The tiny Shobijin suddenly arrive and try to convince the men to return the egg, as it belongs to Mothra. Instead, the business men unsuccessfully try to capture the faries. Undettered, Kumayama and Torahata begin construction of the dome for the egg. Just as the development is completed, though, Godzilla arrives on the mainland. With the King of the Monsters unopposed by military attacks, Japan tries to convice Infant Island to send Mothra for aid. The natives scoff at the request after the egg was not returned, but reluctancly consent after a heartfelt plea. An aging Mothra also agrees to fight Godzilla, knowing it will not survive.

Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Shinichi Sekizawa
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Sanezumi Fujimoto
Music by Akira Ifukube
Stock Music by Hiroshi Miyagawa
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Ryohei Fujii
Production Design by Takeo Kita, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Ichiro Sakai, News Reporter Akira Takarada
Junko 'Yoka' Nakanishi, News Photographer Yuriko Hoshi
Miura, Professor Hiroshi Koizumi
Jiro Nakamura, Reporter Yu Fujiki
Shobijin Emi Ito, Yumi Ito
Kumayama Yoshifumi Tajima
Banzo Torahata, Owner of Happy Enterprises Kenji Sahara
Arota, Editor Jun Tazaki
Politician Kenzo Tabu
Infant Island Chief Yoshio Kosugi
Head Villager Akira Tani
Japanese SDF Officer Susumu Fujita
Priest Ikio Sawamura
Sailor Ren Yamamoto
Soldiers Katsumi Tezuka, Tadashi Okabe, Kozo Nomura
Journalist Koji Uno
Villager Senkichi Omura
School Principal Yutaka Sada
School Teacher Miki Yashiro
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Godzilla, Mothra Shobijin, F86F Saber Jet, Artificial Lightning Generator, Type 61 Tank, C-46D Plane, KV-107 II Helicopter, Frontier Missile Cruisers (US Version)


Box Office
Release Date: April 29th, 1964 (Japan)
Initial Attendance: 3,510,000 (Japan)
Release Date: December 19th, 1970 (Japan, Re-issue)
Re-Issue Attendance: 730,000 (Japan)
Release Date: March 15th, 1980 (Japan, Re-issue) [Double Billed with Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur]
Second Re-Issue Attendance: 2,980,000 (Japan)
Second Re-Issue Distribution Earning: ¥1,550,000,000 / $7,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Second Re-Issue Total: ¥2,330,000,000 / $10,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Attendance Total: 7,220,000 (Japan)

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Godzilla versus Mothra Simitar (1998) Order
Region 1 Godzilla vs. Mothra Classic Media (2002) Order
Region 1 Godzilla vs. Mothra CineVu (2004) [Unlicensed]
Region 1 Mothra vs. Godzilla Classic Media (2006) Order
Region 2 Mothra vs. Godzilla Studio Canal (2001)
Region 2 Mothra vs. Godzilla Toho (2003)
Region 2 Godzilla and the Urweltraupen Cine Plus (2004)
Region 4 Godzilla vs. Mothra Madman (2006)
Blu-ray Mothra vs. Godzilla Toho (2010)

CD Soundtracks

Anthony Romero Star Rating
February 3, 2004
Alexander Smith Star Rating
April 2, 2007