The actors appearing in “Godzilla vs. Mothra” include Akira Takarada (as Ichiro Sakai), Yuriko Hoshi (as Junko Nakanishi), Hiroshi Koizumi (as Professor Miura), and the popular Japanese twin sister pop singing duo The Peanuts, reprising their role of Mothra’s shobijin guardians, known as the “twin fairies.”
Fans of MST3K, RiffTrax and Toho Japanese monster films will be in for a treat as one of the classic kaiju flicks will be riffed.
RiffTrax Live: “Mothra” (1961)
RiffTrax, in conjunction with Fathom Events and Columbia Pictures will present a special RiffTrax Live presentation of the 1961 Japanese monster film, “Mothra.” It will be showcased in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Thurs., Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. (with an encore presentation on Tue., Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.) Eastern.
Featuring veteran riffers and MST3K alums Michael Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, the RiffTrax crew will be riffing “Mothra” from the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, which will be broadcast to participating cinema complexes throughout the nation. According to a recent press release on the upcoming RiffTrax event, “Mothra” has been one of many top films that have been on the crew’s list for riffing.
The film features actors Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyoko Kagawa, Jerry Ito (whose name was misspelled as “Jelly Ito” in the opening credits of the film), Emi Ito, Yuri Ito (while the two aforementioned actresses have no connection to Jerry Ito, they were a popular Japanese singing duo, who performed under the name of “The Peanuts”), Masamitsu Tayama and Takashi Shimura.
“Mothra” lands in the United States
Columbia Pictures picked up the American distribution rights to the Toho film and released it to theaters in 1962. It was dubbed in English for American audiences.
According to the Lantern Media History Archive, Columbia’s television subsidiary (Screen Gems) syndicated the dubbed version of “Mothra” in a package of vintage Columbia horror and sci-fi flicks to local stations, titled “X.”
Why you should see RiffTrax Live: “Mothra”
If you’re a fan of RiffTrax, MST3K or vintage Japanese monster films, this is the perfect opportunity to see a “riffed” version of Mothra, through the courtesy of RiffTrax and Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
Sidenote: The RiffTrax presentation of “Mothra” was first announced during the coming attractions slideshow for other Fathom Events screenings. This took place during the showing of “RIffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion Show” back in June at Regal’s Germantown 14 cineplex. Several audience members were excited about the upcoming RiffTrax presentation of “Mothra,” and sung the “Mothra Chant” (in the style in which “The Peanuts” sang in the 1961 film)!