YMMV / Mothra

  • Adaptation Displacement: Mothra is based on an obscure serialized novel called The Luminous Fairies and Mothra. That novel was actually produced by Toho to aide in the development of the film.
  • Faux Symbolism: Mothra's a life-death-rebirth entity with a symbol resembling a shining cross.
  • Tear Jerker: The theme of atomic destruction and Jerry Ito's superb portrayal of cruel greed and callous disregard for the island tribe and their culture (let alone all the people inadvertently hurt or killed by Mothra in her search) make this one of the saddest kaiju films of all time, although it ends happily.