"Are you going to allow innocent men to die alongside guilty men? You have no right to decide that! That right is sacred!"
The fourth film in the Godzilla
franchise, "Mothra vs. Godzilla"
marked a brief snap-back in the franchise. While the previous film went on become the highest grossing entry of all time it was more of a salary man comedy with giant monsters, with the U.S. cut feeling more like a monster movie. Mothra vs. Godzilla brings back a scary Godzilla and terrorizes Japan with the only hope being another Toho superstar: Mothra.
One of the most beloved entries and one many fans say that non-fans can enjoy. Currently has a 89 percent out of nine reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film provides examples of:
- Asshole Victim: Torahata, about midway through the film.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Kumayama and Torahata form a Big bad duumvirate, while Godzilla shows up later and also shares the role of the main antagonist. Eventually though, Kumayama and Torahata are both killed half-way through the film (the latter of which is killed by Godzilla himself), leaving Godzilla as the sole antagonist.
- Chekhov's Gun: The young reporter is first shown eating hard-boiled eggs.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Torahata, basically using Kumayama, and not paying him as intended. Then they get into a fight and Torahata shoots the guy in the back after seeing Godzilla.
- Crisis Cross Over: Toho's monster movies began linking here.
- Curbstomp Battle: The fight between Godzilla and Mothra is this, with Mothra totally kicking Godzilla's ass, but only until Godzilla shoots Mothra in the face with his atomic ray.
- Darker and Edgier: Very grim compared to King Kong vs. Godzilla.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Mothra Larvas against Godzilla.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Mothra.
- Mama Bear: Mothra.
- Mood Whiplash: When the scientists inspects the beachland for signs for radiation, everything becomes quiet. Cue Godzilla popping out of the ground after being buried in the sand, persumely by the typhoon.
- Smug Snake: Torahata.