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Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection (The H-Man / Battle in Outer Space / Mothra)

Ry˘ Ikebe , Ky˘ko Anzai , Ishir˘ Honda    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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By Carole
Format:VHS Tape
This is the first Mothra movie I saw a a child and remains one of my favorites. I like the plot where the girls get kidnapped from Infant Island by the greedy bad guys, they sing for Mothra, and Mothra of course comes to their rescue. I have never seen the new Mothra movies, nor do I care to - I prefer to honor the oldies but goodies.
There is another fabulous Mothra movie for which I am seeking but cannot seem to find. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact title. It is a Mothra v Godzilla (Godzilla v Mothra?) movie where there is a third (flying) monster in it as well. It is NOT the 1964 Godzilla v Mothra movie that is currently advertised on the Internet for sale (where Mothra dies but has offspring that team up against Godzilla), however some parts of it sound similar and it must have been made around the same time.
The twins are also in the version I am seeking and sing the Mothra song longer, more beautifully and with better stereo sound than the "Mothra" movie featured here. They live in a dollhouse built especially for them while captured, wear beautiful outfits and walk past a tropical fish tank while singing their Mothra song. As a girl, I enjoyed seeing Mothra and Godzilla fight, however I loved and watched the movies expecially because of the twins and their song.
Anyway, the plot, from what I recall is:
There is an earthquake and/or hurricaine, the Mothra egg on the Island is exposed. It is discovered and stolen from the Island, the twins are kidnapped, Godzilla is awakened, a third flying monster comes into play somehow (I don't recall the details)... Eventually, all three monsters are fighting and Mothra almost gets defeated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A giant caterpillar and two cute Peanuts Nov. 16 2003
Format:VHS Tape
After a ship hits a reef and goes down near the atomic testing area, the worst is feared, but four surviving sailors are rescued, healthy and with no trace of radiation at all!
This leads to an expedition to Infant Island, part of East Biru, and it's led by the Rolithican, Clark Nelson, a slimy, unsavory character with his face twisted in a sneer. Japanese members of the expedition include Dr. Harada, the linguist and ethnologist Dr. Chujo, and a reporter named Vin Chun, nicknamed the Bulldog because he never lets go of a story. They discover a pair of foot-high grown girls and decide to leave them in peace. However, the greedy Nelson kidnaps them for his personal gain. This leads to Mothra awakened to rescue them. Despite entreaties by Chujo, Vin Chun, and his colleague Michi, Nelson refuses to let them go and puts them to work in The Secret Fairies Show, which plays to packed houses.
Compared to others in the Toho monsters canon, the production values are more topnotch than later entries, in regards to the brass band and the crowd seeing the expedition ship off, as well as the scenes of destruction. However, there are some shots where it's clear that some of the tanks are toys, as the soldiers on them are clearly plastic soldiers, and there is a scene when Nelson seizes the twins and it's clear he's holding dummies in his hand. The moth version of Mothra is a visual triumph, with its colourful markings. A pity that for the majority of the movie, we only see a dingy brown caterpillar smashing up Tokyo.
But the charm of this movie clearly go to the twin fairies, played by the Peanuts, those twin Japanese pop singers of the 1960's, Yumi and Emi Ito. They spend the majority of the movie chanting for Mothra, wearing kitschy costumes, and just overall being cute.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tinkerbell's cousins. July 9 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A giant moth flips its lid and attacks Japan. If Walt Disney ventured into the realm of Japanese sci-fi, this movie could have been the result. Chuckle-headed, camp humor is evident, but another wacky monster fest is not the director's real purpose. The emphasis is on a juvenile fantasy story that features "The Peanuts," petite female fairies. Tinkerbell's cousins. Twins, no less. (If this was a fantasy film of another kind, the mathematical possibilities would be endless). The Peanuts serve as high priestesses to Mothra, a primitive deity. Their haunting rendition of Mothra's theme song holds a special place in the Japanese sci-fi hall of fame. When ruthless men kidnap the girls, Mothra follows them to Japan. Mothra first appears as a giant caterpillar that scoots across the countryside like an electric train. The most thrilling part of this epic is the attack on Tokyo. In the midst of the fiery destruction, the caterpillar attaches itself to Tokyo Tower, and spins a huge cocoon. Atomic heat ray machines fail to destroy the cocoon, and a giant moth emerges. The wind from Mothra's flapping wings gives off typhoon type wind. Buildings crumble, fire rages, and vehicles whip around like toys. Of course, the cars and trucks really are toys, but don't get technical. The military fights back with tanks, rockets, and planes, but to no effect. Considering the lousy track record of the Japanese military in these monster epics, the government of Japan might want to re-think its military resources. The special effects reflect the limitations of the budget and the era. Don't expect computer-generated razzle-dazzle. Suspend disbelief and go with the flow. Good for kids under seven and hard core Japanese sci-fi fans. ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired collection
Mothra is the reason to get this dvd, but the other movies are fun too. Quite enjoyable. The special effects are quite good - for the time period. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alexander Laney
3.0 out of 5 stars Triple your Sci-Fi Pleasure
This DVD set contains three sci-fi classics from Toho (meaning "Eastern Treasure" in Japanese). "Mothra" tells the story of a joint expedition of Rolithican and Japanese... Read more
Published on Sept. 5 2011 by Andre Le Blanc
4.0 out of 5 stars Mothra the Original
This Mothral flick was indeed boring when I saw it but the reason I rate it high because for one it teaches you a lesson
in this movie and the other reason Its the original... Read more
Published on March 21 2004 by thatboyK
3.0 out of 5 stars The other film with those unforgettable twins....
...which another viewer asked about was, I believe, Ghidrah: the Three-Headed Monster.
Published on March 16 2004 by Kerry Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for kaiju enthusiasts, but for anyone else . . .
The original Mothra is an interesting movie. It relies on human drama much more than the average kaiju movie that I've seen, but still manages to keep up the monster action enough... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by Tristan P. Leck
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST MOVIE SINCE GONE WITH THE WIND
OH YES, THE MOVIE IS A CLASSIC. IT WON A GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD FOR BEST MOVIE. THE FILM IS LISTED ONE OF THE TOP 10 BEST MOVIES EVER. GODZILLA NEVER MADE IT. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars you don't have to admit you like this just pretend you bough
it for your kids.
Fantastic. You haven't lived until...
I loved this movie when a kid, just like I loved Terrytoons, Disney, "March of the Wooden Soldiers," Hayley Mills,... Read more
Published on May 27 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Divine Monster
Mothra has always represented the divine side of monsters. Worshipped as a deity, it acts only from self-preservation and to protect its worshippers. Read more
Published on May 3 2002 by "waymakerjim"
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Good to be True. Breathtaking.
Mothra is perhaps one of the best movies Toho co has ever made. I admit, the specail effects aren't all that great, however I gave Mothra a five because of its epic story. Read more
Published on July 15 2001 by A_Bosserman
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of Benjamin's Favorites
Benjamin (four years old) can sing the Mothra song. It's quite charming in his tiny voice, "Moothooryaah, Yah, Moothooryaaaah . . ". Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2001 by Amazon Customer
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