This 1964 film was the fourth Japanese Godzilla feature, the second in color. Sakai, a reporter (Takarada), goes with his novice photographer Junko (Hoshi) to investigate a giant egg that washed ashore in a typhoon off Nagoya. Avaricious businessmen "purchase" the egg from the local fisherman who brought it ashore, build an "incubator" structure around it, and propose an amusement park. Mothra's miniature priestesses (the Itoh sisters, also known as The Peanuts) show up and beg the executives to return the egg to their island -- no dice. Suddenly Gojira rises up out of the radioactive soil near Nagoya and the army gives battle (assisted by the U.S. Navy, in some extra scenes shot expressly for the American market). The natives of Mothra Island (Beiru Island in the Japanese original) refuse to help in the fight against Gojira, but the (hilarious and tiresome) songs of the priestesses help bring the dying goddess Mothra on board. She manages to pull Gojira away from the egg, but dies from a blast of his atomic breath. Gojira heads off to Iwo Island (Nagoya is spared!) and threatens some schoolkids overlooked during an evacuation, but the egg hatches twin caterpillars who swim off to the island and -- in one of the funniest battles to the death on film -- encase the monster in silk. Gojira tumbles into the sea. Note how Junko dresses for action as a newspaper photographer in her Jackie Kennedy hat, and how the rock floor of Mothra Island sinks under the feet of the human characters, among many other laughs, intentional and otherwise. This would be the last of many movies in which Godzilla would play a villain who threatens civilization. His growing popularity, especially among children, would force a change in personality during his future screen appearances for some time.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus