A military expedition into the nuclear testing grounds of Infant Island reveal that the territory which was once thought to be uninhabitable is actually home to a tribe of natives that have somehow survived the blasts. When the outsiders kidnap two of the island's tiny priestesses, the Infant Island Twins, the tribe calls upon their elder goddess Mothra to rescue them, but Mothra's coming may signal the end of Japan! The Nuclear Era brings forth another towering force of nature in the form of the giant winged monster Mothra, Guardian of the Earth. Unlike Godzilla, Rodan, and many other monsters, Mothra is a gentle protector, and her attack on the city is the unfortunate result of an unconscious urge to free her people. Long-time collaborator Eiji Tsuburaya introduces some of his greatest work yet, from the incredible flood sequence to Mothra's raid through the streets of Tokyo. His highly ornate and meticulously designed miniatures are indistinguishable from their life-size inspirations, and Honda effortlessly combines them with the live-action shots to maximize their effect. Although Mothra commands the screen for much of the picture, the human element is just as engaging as the monster mayhem. Shinichi Sekizawa's engaging story provides a warmth of emotion and depth of character as well as plenty of lighthearted humor along the way. Jerry Ito is excellent as the suspicious Clark Nelson, playing against a charming and charismatic Hiroshi Koizumi as the linguist Dr. Chujo and Frankie Sakai as the jovial news reporter Senichiro Fukuda. They are joined by the beautiful Kyoko Kagawa as the photographer Michi Hanamura, and the three of them help Japan avoid total annihilation by freeing the Infant Island Twins and ending Mothra's search. MOTHRA soars high above many of the other films of its kind as one of Honda's most iconic monster movies!
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