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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
Not really worth your while.