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Mothra Films
Mothra
Rebirth of Mothra
Rebirth of Mothra II
Toho Kaiju Film
Rebirth of Mothra
Rebirth of Mothra
Directed by
Okihiro Yoneda

Produced by
Hiroaki Kitayama
Shogo Tomiyama
Written by
Masumi Suetani
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by
Toshiyuki Watanabe

Distributed by
Toho Company Ltd.JP
TristarUS
Rating
Not Rated

Budget
Unknown
Gross
$10,000,000
Running Time
104 minutesJP
(1 hour, 44 minutes)
103 minutesUS
(1 hour, 43 minutes)
Designs Used
HeiseiMosuImago, HeiseiMosuLarva, DesuMosuImago, ShodaiDesuGhido, ReoFairy, ShodaiGaru

Rebirth of Mothra (モスラ?, Mosura, lit. Mothra) is the first in a trilogy of kaiju eiga produced by Toho, in which Mothra's son saves the world from environment-threatening monsters. The Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy marks a first for Toho: instead of later being incorporated into the Godzilla series, two daikaiju appear in spin-off films without Godzilla. The film was released to Japanese theaters on December 14, 1996.


Plot

Millions of years ago, a titanic terror from another realm arrived to destroy the planet Earth. Named Desghidorah, this three-headed dragon was forced to deal with resistance in the form of a species of highly advanced, enormous moths. These monsters were the protectors of the Elias, a race of tiny, human-like, beings who inhabited the planet. After the ensuing battle, Desghidorah was defeated and sealed within the Earth, although a great deal of life on the planet Earth was lost. Three Elias: Moll, Lora, and Belvera, were all who were left of their once prosperous civilization. Though the benevolence of Moll and Lora was undeterred, Belvera became twisted and vengeful due to the mass extinction of her race. These tiny fairies, along with one final guardian named Mothra, lingered on for thousands of millennia.

In order to preserve her species, Mothra gave birth to an egg in 1997; however, she became physically exhausted from the ordeal. Shortly thereafter, a logging company uncovered the subterranean prison of the demonic hydra that had ravaged the Earth so long ago. When the seal that had bound the creature was removed from the area; Moll and Lora fought Belvera for control of the artifact. Belvera prevailed and managed to release Desghidorah from its rocky tomb, in order to exact her warped plans for destruction. Mothra was summoned to halt the detestable dragon, which was absorbing the life out of the environment. She fought a long and difficult battle to repel her ancient adversary, and in response to her declining strength, her young son, named Mothra Leo, hatched in order to assist his mother. Though his energized silk seemed to turn the tide of battle in the favor of the protectors, Desghidorah sank the teeth of two of his heads deep into Leo and Mothra became desperate. She quickly airlifted her son to safety, and in order to keep Desghidorah at bay, she lured the beast into a dam. With Desghidorah distracted by a wall of raging water, Mothra carried her son to safety. Unfortunately, Mothra's wounds, age, and exhaustion were ultimately too much. Her strength failed, and she plummeted into the sea below. The crestfallen larva attempted to save his beloved mother, but she sank in the ocean, to no avail. Angered, the young moth created a cocoon and began to change into his adult form. Desghidorah had to be defeated; his mother's death couldn't be in vain.

Leo emerged into his adult form as a swarm of multi-colored butterflies. As the butterflies coalesced into one massive insect, Leo took to the air and headed back towards Desghidorah, righteous fury burning in his wake. Arriving in a hail of energy beams, Leo relentlessly blasted his mother's murderer, throwing wave upon wave of searing beams and energy blasts at Desghidorah, who could only feebly attempt to defend himself against this, the most powerful Mothra of all time. Drawing upon an ancient legacy, Leo relentlessly assaulted Desghidorah, eventually renewing the seal that bound the world destroyer beneath the soil of the earth.

But his work was not done with the end of the fight. Drawing upon the power of life that filled his very being, Leo restored to balance the blasted region deforested that was during the assault of Desghidorah. His work done for the time being, Leo went to his ancestral home and planet Earth was finally safe from Desghidorah.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Sayaka Yamaguchi   as   Lora
  • Megumi Kobayashi   as   Mona
  • Aki Hano   as   Belvera
  • Kazuki Futami   as   Taiki Goto
  • Maya Fujisawa   as   Wakaba Goto
  • Hitomi Takahashi   as   Makiko Goto
  • Kenjiro Nashimoto   as   Yuichi Goto
  • Nagare Hagiwara   as   Yoshinori Tagawa
  • Hiroko Tanaka   as   Madoka Shiraishi
  • Kyokei Arakawa   as   Masayuki Kichijoji
  • Akira Terao   as   Doctor
  • Sudo Mariko   as   Stewardess

Appearances

Races

Monsters

Gallery

Main article: Gallery:Rebirth of Mothra.

Soundtrack

Main article: Rebirth of Mothra (Soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Mothra (Mosura; Literal Japanese Title)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - December 14, 1996

U.S. Release

Rebirth of Mothra was released by Tristar in 2000 in a double pack with Rebirth of Mothra II.

Box Office

The film grossed around $10,000,000 at the box office.

Reception

The film is widely praised by both Godzilla and Mothra fans alike.

Video Releases

Tristar (2000)[1]

  • Released: February 1, 2000
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 206 minutes run time, 1 disc, Japanese version, Double pack with Rebirth of Mothra II

Sony Pictures - Blu Ray (2014)

  • Triple feature with Rebirth of Mothra II and Rebirth of Mothra III
  • Released: September 9th, 2014
  • Region: 1/A
  • Languages: Japanese and English (2.0 Stereo DTS-HD)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NSTC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 1.85:1 aspect ratio, 106 minutes.

References

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Godzilla Films Godzilla (1954 film)Godzilla Raids AgainKing Kong vs. GodzillaMothra vs. GodzillaGhidorah, the Three-Headed MonsterInvasion of Astro-MonsterEbirah, Horror of the DeepSon of GodzillaDestroy All MonstersAll Monsters AttackGodzilla vs. HedorahGodzilla vs. GiganGodzilla vs. MegalonGodzilla vs. MechaGodzillaTerror of MechaGodzillaThe Return of GodzillaGodzilla vs. BiollanteGodzilla vs. King GhidorahGodzilla vs. MothraGodzilla vs. MechaGodzilla 2Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzillaGodzilla vs. DestoroyahGodzilla 2000: MillenniumGodzilla vs. MegaguirusGodzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out AttackGodzilla Against MechaGodzillaGodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.Godzilla: Final WarsGodzilla (2014 film)Godzilla 2
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Daimajin Films DaimajinThe Return of DaimajinWrath of Daimajin
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