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Rebirth of Mothra (1996)

Mosura (original title)
A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity.

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Cast overview:
Megumi Kobayashi ...
Moll
Sayaka Yamaguchi ...
Aki Hano ...
Kazuki Futami ...
Taiki
Maya Fujisawa ...
Wakaba
Kenjirô Nashimoto ...
Mr. Goto
Hitomi Takahashi ...
Mrs. Goto
Hiroko Tanaka ...
Shiraishi
Kyôkei Arakawa
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A logging and mining company working in Northern Japan disrupts a set of magical seals buried undergound, causing the release of Death Ghidora, an enormous, three-headed monster that had previously wiped out all life on Mars and caused the extinction of the dinosaurs on Earth. When Death Ghidora begins sucking the life out of the environment, the only thing that can save the planet from destruction is Mothra, the giant flying insect. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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14 December 1996 (Japan)  »

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JPY 1,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Followed by Rebirth of Mothra III (1998) See more »

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Kaiju for the kids
30 September 2010 | by (Isle of Man, British Isles) – See all my reviews

When a logging company uncovers an ancient artifact in the mountains of Hokkaido, the Company's boss Mr. Goto finds a mysterious talisman. He prises it free from its resting place, thinking it would be a nice present for his daughter. Unfortunately he's unsealed the resting place of Desghidorah, a three headed, fire breathing beastie that's soon freed to run wild and destroy the local scenery, sucking Earth's precious energy.

Only a giant plush moth can save the day! A tired old Mothra - tending a lovely big egg - is reluctantly summoned (in a slightly more J-pop than usual fashion) by her tiny priestesses Moll and Lora. These cuties are from a race called the Elias, and they spend much of the movie astride a mini-Mothra called Fairy, battling their nemesis Belvera, who gets to fly a mini dragon thing and cackle a lot.

First in a trilogy of Mothra films for the nineties, while Godzilla was taking a well earned break. Clearly aimed at kids more than the average kaiju fan, this is still great fun, and while no cities get totalled in this offering, the countryside looks nice and there are some cool fight scenes between Death Ghidorah and Mothra.

There's a 'save the planet' theme going on that gets rammed down your throat a bit before the movie ends, but the more obvious beef many western fans are going to have with this flick is the lack of a Japanese language option on seemingly the only version available. Why do they do this? Yes, the film's been tarted up nicely, and the dubbing is lip-synched and not overly annoying, but some people will always prefer the original language and there seems to be little reason why it shouldn't be included.


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