Mothra

Mothra


モスラ
Mosura
Mothra

Director Ishiro Honda
Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Original Story Shinichiro Nakamura
Takehiko Fukunaga
Yoshie Hotta
Screenplay Shinichi Sekizawa
Photography Hajime Koizumi
Art Takeo Kita
Teruaki Abe
Sound Shoichi Fujinawa
Masanobu Miyazaki
Lighting Toshio Takashima
Music Yuji Koseki
Editor Kazuji Taira
Special Effects Photography Sadamasa Arikawa
Production Companies Toho
Release Date July 30, 1961
Runtime 101 minutes
Poster

モスラ
Mosura
Mothra

Staff
Director Ishiro Honda
Special Effects Director Eiji Tsuburaya
Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Original Story Shinichiro Nakamura
Takehiko Fukunaga
Yoshie Hotta
Screenplay Shinichi Sekizawa
Photography Hajime Koizumi
Art Takeo Kita
Teruaki Abe
Sound Shoichi Fujinawa
Masanobu Miyazaki
Lighting Toshio Takashima
Music Yuji Koseki
Editor Kazuji Taira
Special Effects Photography Sadamasa Arikawa
Info
Production Companies Toho
Release Date July 30, 1961
Runtime 101 minutes

A Japanese ship is wrecked in a storm and the survivors are found on Infant Island. The island was once a testing ground for nuclear weapons by the nation of Rolisica, but the rescued sailors show no signs of ill health. An expedition is mounted to investigate the island further, and a thriving tropical biome is discovered. Furthermore, the island is inhabited by natives, who worship their deity Mothra. Mothra is served by two tiny twin priestesses. Nelson, a Rolisican accompanying the expedition, apprehends the twins and takes them back to Japan.

Nelson creates an exhibit for the twins, now called the “Shobijin,” and turns them into his cash cow. The Shobijin pray to Mothra to awake and rescue them. Mothra hatches from its egg on Infant Island and heads for Japan. Despite repeated warnings that the Shobijin will attract Mothra to the heart of Tokyo, Nelson refuses to surrender them. When the government attempts to retrieve the Shobijin by force, Nelson flees with them to Rolisica. Mothra arrives in Tokyo and builds a cocoon on Tokyo Tower. Mothra later emerges as a giant adult moth, and flies to Rolisica.

Nelson is killed in a confrontation with Rolisican authorities, and the Shobijin are recovered. Despite this, Mothra continues to attack Rolisica. The Rolisicans finally manage to placate Mothra by painting its symbol on an airport runway, which attracts its attention and causes it to land. The Shobijin are reunited with Mothra and taken back to Infant Island.

Top Billed Cast

Frankie Sakai Senichiro Fukuda
Hiroshi Koizumi Dr. Shinichi Chujo
Kyoko Kagawa Michi Hanamura
The Peanuts The Shobijin
Jerry Ito Clark Nelson
Ken Uehara Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata Doctor
Kenji Sahara Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburo Kawazu General
Takashi Shimura Newspaper Editor
Yoshio Kosugi Ship's Captain
Yoshibumi Tajima Soldier
Ren Yamamoto Marooned Sailor
Haruya Kato Marooned Sailor
Tetsu Nakamura Nelson's Henchman
Shoichi Hirose Dam Worker
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi Expedition Member
Mitsuo Tsuda Cruise Ship Captain
Tadashi Okabe Expedition Member
Akira Wakamatsu Nelson's Henchman
Osman Yusef Nelson's Henchman
Obel Wyatt Rolisican Mayor
Harold S. Conway Rolisican Ambassador
Robert Dunham Rolisican Policeman
Koji Uno Policeman
Wataru Omae Coast Guard
Katsumi Tezuka Mothra
Hideo Shibuya Reporter
Kazuo Hinata Military Officer
Shigeo Kato Dam Worker
Rinsaku Ogata Fighter Pilot
Yutaka Oka Pilot
Yoshio Katsube Expedition Member
Akio Kusama Soldier
Haruo Nakajima Mothra
Junpei Natsuki Evacuee
Hiroshi Sekita Cruise Ship Helmsman
Masaaki Tachibana Reporter

Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically

Yukihiko Gondo Dam Worker
Saburo Iketani Announcer
Minoru Ito Soldier
Masanari Nihei Policeman
Keiji Sakakida Doctor
Haruya Sakamoto Policeman
Kamayuki Tsubono Soldier
Top Billed Cast
Frankie Sakai Senichiro Fukuda
Hiroshi Koizumi Dr. Shinichi Chujo
Kyoko Kagawa Michi Hanamura
The Peanuts The Shobijin
Jerry Ito Clark Nelson
Ken Uehara Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata Doctor
Kenji Sahara Helicopter Pilot
Seizaburo Kawazu General
Takashi Shimura Newspaper Editor
Yoshio Kosugi Ship's Captain
Yoshibumi Tajima Soldier
Ren Yamamoto Marooned Sailor
Haruya Kato Marooned Sailor
Tetsu Nakamura Nelson's Henchman
Shoichi Hirose Dam Worker
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi Expedition Member
Mitsuo Tsuda Cruise Ship Captain
Tadashi Okabe Expedition Member
Akira Wakamatsu Nelson's Henchman
Osman Yusef Nelson's Henchman
Obel Wyatt Rolisican Mayor
Harold S. Conway Rolisican Ambassador
Robert Dunham Rolisican Policeman
Koji Uno Policeman
Wataru Omae Coast Guard
Katsumi Tezuka Mothra
Hideo Shibuya Reporter
Kazuo Hinata Military Officer
Shigeo Kato Dam Worker
Rinsaku Ogata Fighter Pilot
Yutaka Oka Pilot
Yoshio Katsube Expedition Member
Akio Kusama Soldier
Haruo Nakajima Mothra
Junpei Natsuki Evacuee
Hiroshi Sekita Cruise Ship Helmsman
Masaaki Tachibana Reporter
Rest of Cast Listed Alphabetically
Yukihiko Gondo Dam Worker
Saburo Iketani Announcer
Minoru Ito Soldier
Masanari Nihei Policeman
Keiji Sakakida Doctor
Haruya Sakamoto Policeman
Kamayuki Tsubono Soldier
製作
Producer
田中友幸
Tomoyuki Tanaka
原作
Original Story
中村真一郎
Shinichiro Nakamura

福永武彦
Takehiko Fukunaga

堀田善衛
Yoshie Hotta

『週刊朝日』斫載
As published in “Asahi Weekly”
脚本
Screenplay
関沢新一
Shinichi Sekizawa
撮影
Photography
小泉一
Hajime Koizumi
美術
Art
北猛夫
Takeo Kita

安倍輝明
Teruaki Abe
録音
Sound
藤縄正一
Shoichi Fujinawa

宮崎正信
Masanobu Miyazaki
照明
Lighting
高島利雄
Toshio Takashima
音楽
Music
古関裕而
Yuji Koseki
挿入歌
Insert Song
キングレコード
King Records
『インファントの娘』
“Infant Daughter”

作詞/作曲
Lyrics/Composition
池すすむ
Susumu Ike

Performer
ザ・ピーナッツ
The Peanuts
振付
Choreography
県洋二
Yoji Ken
監督助手
Assistant Director
野長瀬三摩地
Samaji Nonagase
編集
Editor
平一二
Kazuji Taira
現像
Developing
東洋現像所
Toyo Laboratory
製作担当者
Production Manager
森田信
Shin Morita
特殊技術
Special Effects

撮影
Photography
有川貞昌
Sadamasa Arikawa
美術
Art
渡辺明
Akira Watanabe
照明
Lighting
岸田九一郎
Kuichiro Kishida
作画合成
Compositing
向山宏
Hiroshi Mukoyama
光学撮影
Optical Photography
真野田幸雄
Yukio Manoda
製作担当者
Production Manager
成田貫
Nuki Narita
出演者
Performers


フランキー堺
Frankie Sakai

小泉博
Hiroshi Koizumi

香川京子
Kyoko Kagawa
ザ・ピーナッツ
The Peanuts
伊藤ユミ
Yumi Ito

伊藤エミ
Emi Ito

ジェリー・伊藤
Jerry Ito

上原謙
Ken Uehara

平田昭彦
Akihiko Hirata

佐原健二
Kenji Sahara

河津清三郎
Seizaburo Kawazu

志村喬
Takashi Shimura

小杉義男
Yoshio Kosugi

田島義文
Yoshibumi Tajima

山本廉
Ren Yamamoto

加藤春哉
Haruya Kato

三島耕
Ko Mishima

中村哲
Tetsu Nakamura

広瀬正一
Shoichi Hirose

桜井巨郎
Giro Sakurai

高木弘
Hiroshi Takagi

堤康久
Yasuhisa Tsutsumi

三田照子
Teruko Mita

岩本弘司
Koji Iwamoto

津田光男
Mitsuo Tsuda

田山雅充
Masamitsu Tayama

三浦敏男
Toshio Miura

岡部正
Tadashi Okabe

若松明
Akira Wakamatsu

中山豊
Yutaka Nakayama

ジョニイ・ユセフ
Johnny Yusef

オーベル・ワイアット
Obel Wyatt

ハロルド・コンウェイ
Harold Conway

ロバート・ダンハム
Robert Dunham

山田彰
Akira Yamada

宇野晃司
Koji Uno

大前亘
Wataru Omae

古田俊彦
Toshihiko Furuta

松山恵介
Keisuke Matsuyama

上村幸之
Yoshiyuki Uemura

手塚勝己
Katsumi Tezuka

長島武夫
Takeo Nagashima

松本光男
Mitsuo Matsumoto

三井紳平
Kenpei Mitsui

日方一夫
Kazuo Hinata

加藤茂雄
Shigeo Kato

緒方燐作
Rinsaku Ogata

岡豊
Yutaka Oka

速水洸
Ko Hayami

佐竹弘行
Hiroyuki Satake

今井和雄
Kazuo Imai

勝部義夫
Yoshio Katsube

安芸津広
Hiroshi Akitsu

草間璋夫
Akio Kusama

中島春雄
Haruo Nakajima

清水良二
Ryoji Shimizu

細川隆一
Ryuichi Hosokawa

夏木順平
Junpei Natsuki

須田準之助
Junnosuke Suda

伊原徳
Toku Ihara

関田裕
Hiroshi Sekita

吉頂寺晃
Akira Kichijoji

橘正晃
Masaaki Tachibana

中野トシ子
Toshiko Nagano

一万慈鶴恵
Tazue Ichimanji

酒井達夫
Tatsuo Sakai

山田奈々子
Nanako Yamada

日劇ダンシングチーム
Japan Theater Dancing Team
特技監督
Special Effects Director
円谷英二
Eiji Tsuburaya
監督
Director
本多猪四郎
Ishiro Honda