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Mosura (1961)


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Mosura (1961)

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91 min (USA) 30 July 1961 (Japan)

Library synopsis: [En] Unlike Gojira or Rodan, or indeed the vast majority of the creatures invented later on, Mothra is basically a friendly creature. Its destructiveness is a result of being wronged and of its awkward size. Mothra is also the only major creature in the Kaiju Eiga genre which is female and, its third distinctive mark, it is not played by a rubber-suited actor. Written by Phil Hardy

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Cult relevance index:  6.4 / 10

Note:TV Land Awards, 2008, Nominated, TV Land Award, Best Movie to Watch at the Drive-In.  |  A scene explaining the origins of Mothra and the fairies was planned, but deemed too long and dropped from the final draft.  |  A different ending was originally planned where Nelson and his goons kidnap Shinji rather than tie him up.  |  ’s slow stilted delivery of his Japanese dialog fit his character as a foreigner speaking Japanese.  |  Edited into Kaijû daisensô (1965), some scenes of monster destruction were “borrowed” from this film.

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Essential inner links and references

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Science Fiction [UK / 1995] (bk)  |  Fant’Asia [Italy / July 1994] (bk)  |  Cine Fantástico y de Terror Japonés (1899-2001) [Spain / 2002] (bk)  |  Japanese Cinema Essential Handbook [USA / 1996](bk)  |  Cine Zine Zone [France / Nr. 82 - October 1994] (fz)

Toho Company

The Godzilla Chronicles – The History of Toho Fantastic Movies [Japan / 1999] |  Cult Movies [USA / Nr. 7 - 1993] (mg)  |  Introduction to Japanese Horror Film [UK / 2008] (bk)  |  Tokusatsu Hero Best Magazine [Japan / Vol. 3 - 2005] (mg)  |  Godzilla King of the Monsters [USA / Vol. 1 - Nr. 22 - 22 May 1979] (cm)  |  Tokusatsu Hero Best Magazine [Japan / Vol. 4 - 2005](mg)  |  Cult Movies [USA / Nr. 27 - 1998] (mg)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 3 - Nr. 25 - October 1973](mg)  | Quatermass [Spain / Special Nr. 7 - November 2001] (mg)  |  Tokusatsu Hero Best Magazine [Japan / Vol. 4 - 2005] (mg)

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CertificationUSA:Approved / USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Release dateJapan 30 July 1961 | USA 10 May 1962 | USA 11 July 1962 (New York City, New York) | Germany 13 February 1994 (TV premiere)
Also known asMothra France / USA | Daikaijû Masura (undefined) | Mothra bedroht die Welt West Germany
Box office/businessCopyright Holder: American version ©MCMLXI Columbia Pictures Corporation Japanese version © Toho Co., Ltd
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Distribution companyColumbia Pictures (1962) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed) | GoodTimes Home Video (2000) (USA) (video) | RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (2001) (USA) (video) | Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) | Toho (Japan) (DVD) | Toho Video (Japan) (laserdisc) | KABEL 1 13.02.1994 (Germany) | Pay-TV: Premiere World 06.02.2000 (Germany)
RuntimeJapan: 62 min (re-issue) | USA: 88 min | USA: 91 min (re-issue) | Germany: 86 min (TV)
Technical specificationsSound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Color: Color (Eastmancolor) | Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1 | Laboratory: Far East Laboratories, Tokyo, Japan | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Tohoscope | Printed film format: 35 mm

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