Rebirth of Mothra

Japan Release: 1996
Running Time:
104 minutes

Rebirth of Mothra

Japanese Title


Distributor: Production:


In Hokkaido, a project, involving deforestation, uncovers ancient ruins. These ruins, created by a species known as the Elias, were used to seal away a prehistoric evil: Desghidorah. Unaware of the significance of the area, site director Yuichi Goto removes the seal. Taking it home with him, he gives the artifact as a present to his daughter. Later, one of the surviving Elias, Belvera, arrives at the house to take control of the seal. Her intentions are sinister, though, as she wants to release Desghidorah to wreak havoc on humanity. Her benevolent sisters, Moll and Lara, arrive to try and stop her. Despite befriending the girl's brother and mother, they are eventually unsuccessful. Using the seal, Belvera releases the three-headed demon Desghidorah. Realizing the grim situation, Moll and Lara call to Mothra. The guardian of the Elias, who recently birthed an egg, arrives ready to duel with its three-headed adversary...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju

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


International Title

Rebirth of Mothra

Initial US Title

Rebirth of Mothra
US Distributor: Tristar (1999) / Time: 103 Minutes

Alternate Titles

[Literal translation]

Mothra: The Seal of Elias


Aliens, SDF & Misc.



Directed by Okihiro Yoneda
Writing Credits Masumi Suetani, Tomoyuki Tanaka
Produced by Hiroaki Kitayama, Shogo Tomiyama
Executive Producer Koji Hashimoto
Music by Toshiyuki Watanabe
Cinematography by Yoshinori Sekiguchi
Film Editing by Nobuo Ogawa
Production Design by Kyoko Heya
Assistant Director Kunio Miyoshi
Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Assistant Director of Special Effects Kenji Suzuki
Mona, Elias Megumi Kobayashi
Lora, Elias Sayaka Yamaguchi
Belvera, Elias Aki Hano
Taiki Goto Kazuki Futami
Wakaba Goto Maya Fujisawa
Makiko Goto, Mother Hitomi Takahashi
Yuichi Goto, Father Kenjiro Nashimoto
Yoshinori Tagawa, Reporter Nagare Hagiwara
Madoka Shiraishi, Newscaster Hiroko Tanaka
Masayuki Kichijoji, Newscaster Kyokei Arakawa
Doctor Akira Terao
Stewardess Sudo Mariko
- Kenta Uchino
- Isao Yatsu
- Teruhiko Tanaka
- Mitsuru Kato


Box Office

Release Date: December 14th, 1996 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥1,150,000,000 / $10,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Rebirth of Mothra/Rebirth of Mothra II Tristar (2000) Order
Japan Region 2 Mothra Toho (2006)
United States Blu-Ray Rebirth of Mothra I II III Sony (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • In advance of the movie's Japanese release, Toho actually submitted the film to the US copyright office on November 25th, 1996 with the registration number PA0000790667. Four different titles were included as part of the registration, showing uncertainty in terms of what the international title was going to be at this stage. The titles were: Mothra, Mothra II, Mothra vs. Desghidorah and Mothra Resurrected (typo of Mathra in the filing). Almost a year later, on October of 1997, Toho submitted a new filing for the film with the registration number PA0000866947. This one used the now defined international title of Rebirth of Mothra, although included Mothra and Mothra II as title variants.

Concept Art