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Rebirth of Mothra

Japan 1996
produced by
Hiroaki Kitayama, Shogo Tomiyama (executive) for Toho
directed by Okihiro Yoneda
starring Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Aki Hano, Kazuki Futami, Maya Fujisawa, Kenjiro Nashimoto, Hitomi Takahashi
written by Masumi Suetani, based on a concept by Tomoyuki Tanaka, music by Toshiyuki Watanabe, special effects by Koichi Kawakita


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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While doing some research for his company that wants to turn a little island into an industrial complex, Goto (Kenjiro Nashimoto) finds an ancient medallion, but instead of handing it over to the proper authorities, he puts it on a chain and gives it to his little daughter Wakaba (Maya Fujisawa) to play with - not knowing what powers he has actually unleashed - because you see, the medallion has kept three miniature fairy sisters under seal, , the benign twins Moll (Megumi Kobayashi) and Lora (Sayaka Yamaguchi) and the evil Belvera (Aki Hano), who preferably fly around on their miniature dragons and fight each other using laser beams.

However, that's not the real problem, the real problem is that Belvera now needs the medallion to awaken the giant monster Desghidorah, a three-headed dragon able to turn green landscapes into barren wastelands (much quicker than we humans do) ... and of course, the evil fairy ultimately gets the medallion - and now we have a problem. Thank god good fairies Moll and Lora eventually get their hands on the medallion too, and, with the help of Wakaba and her brother Taiki (Kazuki Futami), awaken their own monster, the giant moth Mothra, to fight Desghidorah. Unfortunately, Desghidorah proves way too strong for Mothra, and it seems the fight has ended before it has really begun ... but from Mothras egg then hatches ... another Mothra, in caterpillar state, which soon diverts the attention from Desghidorah before it can close in for the kill ...

Ultimately though, Mothra dies, but not before saving Mothra jr's life and giving it instructions. Mothra jr soon spins itself into a cucoon, emerges as a beautiful butterfly ... er, moth with really beautiful wings, and gives Desghidorah the thrashing it deserves, defeating it once and for all. Then it turns all the barren wastelands back into green landscapes, making the world a place worth living once more. And to say thank you to the children, it gives them a free ride over Japan ...


The original Mothra from 1961 was very probably Inoshiro Honda's best monster flick next to the original Godzilla. Rebirth of Mothra from 35 years later however is not much more than a mess, a modern fairy tale that combines little fairies riding on dragons, laser beams, giant monsters and annoying little kids to a very juvenile monster fantasy that through its running time never manages to stay clear of kitsch, is rather disappointing concerning the monster-battle aspect of the story and tries way too hard to hammer home its out-of-place but blunt ecological message.

Not really worth your while.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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