Monday, 26 December 2016

Review: Mothra (1961) - Directed by Ishiro Honda (December 2016)

Ishiro Honda's Mothra (1961)
Mothra (1961) (Japanese title: Mosura) is from the studio and team which created the Legendary Godzilla! It's from Japan and got a fair-priced Region 2, UK release which includes a 24 page booklet and option between it's native Japanese Language (with English subtitles) or a dubbed English audio track. It came out on Columbia/Tristar in 2013.

A storm hits the ocean where a ship goes missing and it's crew end up on an island once used for Nuclear Testing. Meanwhile, a reporter sneaks aboard an exhibition to the unexplored island where they meet the famous twin fairies (they are played by tiny humans via the special effects). There is some very strange life on this island, indeed!

The girl fairies are taken off of the island by the crooked members of the exhibition team. This is bad news for Japan as a giant Moth Larva in Mothra hatches from an egg which is search of the girls and has ideas for taking revenge on Tokyo! Soon, Mothra evolves into a winged form!

Cast: Hiroshi Koizumi, Frankie Sakai, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Ito, Yumi Ito and Emi Ito.

Mothra - the film, is a colorful adventure (shot in Tohoscope) for all ages. It has a moving message about the environment in which we all are a part of. A Toho Production. Plenty of miniatures destroyed and special effects galore!


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