"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Original Japanese Premiere: July 30, 1961


Behind-the-scenes color shot from MOTHRA (1961). ©Toho Co., Ltd.

Happy 50th Anniversary to one of my favorite kaiju eiga of all-time, directed by Ishiro Honda with visual effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Click on this link to read my thoughts on one of the greatest giant monster movies ever made: MOTHRA! You're not getting older, girl; you're getting better!

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