Mothra (Mosura) 1961

Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were protected by a special juice that was given to them by the island's residents. A joint expedition of Rolisican and Japanese scientists explores Beiru and discovers many curious things, including two women only one foot (30 centimeters) high. Unscrupulous expedition leader Clark Nelson abducts the women and puts them in a vaudeville show. But their sweet singing contains a telepathic cry for help to Mothra, a gigantic moth that is worshiped as a deity by the island people. The giant monster heeds the call of the women and heads to Tokyo, wreaking destruction in its path.

The Cast

Furankî Sakai-Senichiro 'Sen-chan' Fukuda (AKA Bulldog)
Hiroshi Koizumi-Dr. Shin'ichi Chûjô
Kyôko Kagawa-Photographer Michi Hanamura
Yumi Itô-Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Emi Itô-Shobijin (Twin Fairy)
Jerry Itô-Kurâruku Neruson
Ken Uehara-Dr. Harada
Akihiko Hirata-Doctor

The Director: Ishirô Honda
The Writers: Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Shin'ichirô Nakamura, Takehiko Fukunaga, Yoshie Hotta, Peter Fernandez, Robert Myerson
Music by: Yuji Koseki
Certificate : A

Film Trivia

A scene explaining the origins of Mothra and the fairies was planned, but deemed too long and dropped from the final draft.
For years it was thought that Rolisica was actually based on the United States. However, it was revealed years later that it was based on both the United States and the Soviet Union. In fact, the name of the nation of Rolisica is a hybrid of Russia and America. The name of the country originally was going to be Roshirica. Also, the Rolisican flag is a hybrid of the American "Stars and Stripes" and the Russian "Hammer and Sickle".
In the American version, Mothra's home's name is changed from Infant Island to Beiru. However, in the American versions of her next three appearances, the island is called Infant Island.
Jerry Itô and Robert Dunham both spoke their lines in both English as well as Japanese.
This movie is thought to have popularized the notion of presenting giant monsters in Japanese movies as their own individual, identifiable characters, rather than menaces who are meant to be defeated. Tellingly, Mothra is presented as more of a hero than an evil or mindless beast. This change in characterization would carry over to other famous giant monster characters, most notably Godzilla, as they would become similar to the early Western monster movie characters made popular in the Universal horror films (Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman, etc.) rather than the bestial and often interchangeable, generic Western notion of giant monsters.
This was the only debut film featuring one of Toho's "Big Four" monsters (Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah) that Akira Ifukube did not compose the music for.
Jerry Itô's slow stilted delivery of his Japanese dialog fit his character as a foreigner speaking Japanese. This was not an intentional part of his performance. At the time this was made, Jerry Ito had been studying the Japanese language for over six months and was not completely fluent.
Hiroshi Koizumi would later return as Professor Shin'ichi Chûjô many years later in Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S. (2003), which also featured Mothra.
Cameo: Kenji Sahara (as the helicopter pilot at the beginning of the film)
This is the first Japanese monster film in which the monster doesn't get "killed" at the end.
A different ending was originally planned where Nelson and his goons kidnap Shinji rather than tie him up. They then head for Rolisica via Nelson's private plane, but the plane crashes in Kyushu and Chujo. Senchiro and the police track them to a cave where Shinji breaks free and takes the case containing the fairies. Shinji then opens the case and the fairies telepathically contact Mothra who flies to where the action was. In a final confrontation with Nelson and his goons, Mothra ends up killing them and flying back to Infant Island with the fairies.