Mothra (Ishiro Honda, 1961, 35mm)

Location: Rubenstein Arts Center Film Theater

(Ishiro Honda,1961, 101 min, Japan, Japanese w/ English subtitles, Color, 35mm)

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An expedition to an irradiated island encounters a ‘primitive’ native culture. When one sensationalist entrepreneur tries to exploit the islanders by kidnapping two miniature singing priestesses, their ancient deity arises in retaliation and wreaks havoc on Tokyo. Directed by Ishiro Honda (of Godzilla fame), Toho’s sci-fi fantasy Mothra (Mosura), introduces the titular character who would become Toho's second most popular kaiju (giant monster) after Godzilla, appearing in eleven Godzilla films and her own trilogy in the 1990s.

"A marvelous mix of science fiction, monster movie and adventure fantasy filled with colorful characters and an unmistakable socio-political subtext." -- Sean Axmaker

-- Q&A to follow with leading Godzilla scholar Bill Tsutsui (Ottawa University).

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Contact: Hank Okazaki


Sponsor: Humanities Unbounded Visualizing Cities Lab

Co-Sponsors: Asian/Pacific Studies Institute; Duke Cinematic Arts; Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies.