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Mothra plays one night only at Japan Society NYC on July 8



Mothra. Photo Credit: © Toho Company, Ltd.
Photo Credit: © Toho Company, Ltd.

Manhattan’s Japan Society will hold a one night only film screening of Mothra in 35mm on July 8, 2022.

Toho’s most popular Kaiju monster after Godzilla will descend on NYC’s Japan Society this summer. On Friday, July 8 at 7:00 pm, Mothra returns to New York’s silver screen in 35mm. Mothra will see an in-house introduction by Japanese sci-fi critic Kevin Derendorf to start the evening.

Seismic Toys will host a Kaiju themed pop-up store on-site to celebrate the occasion. An exclusive, limited edition Mothra Mini-Print by Robo7 will be on sale at Japan Society’s lobby.

Tickets for the Mothra film screening are $5 for Japan Society members, $15 for non-members, and $12 for all students & seniors.

What is a Kaiju?

Mothra. Photo Credit: © Toho Company, Ltd.

Mothra. Photo Credit: © Toho Company, Ltd.

It refers to a Japanese Film & TV genre featuring giant monsters. Typically wrecking havoc on their respective cities. It’s actually a sub-genre of Tokusatsu entertainment.

The Japanese word ‘Tokusatsu’ means ‘special effects’ and refers to live action Film & TV dramas that make significant use of said special effects.

About NYC Mothra Film Screening

Mothra Film Still. Photo Credit: © Toho Company, Ltd.

Mothra Film Still. Photo Credit: © Toho Company, Ltd.

Friday, July 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM
Director Ishiro Honda, 1961, 101 min., 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With actors Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyoko Kagawa. Screening on 35mm with introduction by Japanese sci-fi critic Kevin Derendorf.
“When a shipwrecked crew is rescued from a Pacific island previously used for nuclear testing, word quickly spreads of its newly discovered indigenous inhabitants.
Driven by scientific curiosity, a joint expedition of Japanese and Rolisicans (a portmanteau for Russia and America) venture into the island’s depths, discovering a paradise of mutated species and hidden glyphs—and, among them, a pair of tiny twin fairies (played by ’60s pop duo The Peanuts).
When the expedition’s leader decides to secretly kidnap the fairies, the natives are forced to awaken their ancient deity, Mothra.
A kaiju classic from Godzilla’s Ishiro Honda, Mothra established one of Toho’s most memorable kaiju and forever ingrained the Peanuts’ “Mothra’s Song” into popular culture.”

Mothra is part of Japan Society NYC’s Monthly Film Series.

About Kevin Derendorf

“Kevin Derendorf is an American critic of Japanese science fiction and horror topics.
He is the author of the book Kaiju for Hipsters: 101 Alternative Giant Monster Movies, head writer on the Maser Patrol blog, and a frequent guest host on the Kaiju Transmissions podcast.
He also contributed to Arrow’s Daimajin Blu-ray box set, occasionally writes for Grimoire of Horror, and frequently presents lectures at anime and tokusatsu conventions.”

Mothra Film Trailer

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