Members of a Japanese expedition visit a heavily-radiated island and find two tiny, beautiful girls. Unscrupulous expedition leader Clark Nelson abducts the women and puts them in a vaudeville show. 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.
- Director: Ishirô Honda
- Writers: Shin’ichi Sekizawa (screenplay), Shin’ichirô Nakamura(novel)
- Stars: Furankî Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa
There was a lot of singing and dancing, which the Husband did not enjoy. For me, bonus. The idea of Mothra and the general story is great, but it took way too long for Mothra to show up. There was a lot of time spent on the plight of the tiny women and foreshadowing something bad was going to happen. But, then it didn’t. At least, not for a long time.
Honestly, we ended up hitting fast forward until Mothra came on the screen. Then the movie became good again.
If you like the Japanese monster movie genre, then it’s worth a view. However, have beer and the fast forward at the ready.
I give Mothra a 3 beer rating. The plot was too draggy and there wasn’t enough destruction. The singing and dancing and general plot saved it from a 4 beer rating.