Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)

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Rebirth of Mothra III
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Directed by Okihiro Yoneda
Producer(s) Shogo Tomiyama
Written by Masumi Suetani
Music by Toshiyuki Watanabe
Distributor TohoJP
TriStar PicturesUS
Rating Not Rated
Box office ¥850,000,000[1]
Running time 99 minutes
(1 hour, 39 minutes)
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
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The strongest enemy, the final transformation. (最強の敵、最後の変身。)

— Tagline

Rebirth of Mothra III (モスラ3 キングギドラ来襲,   Mosura Surī Kingu Gidora Raishū, lit. Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks), is a 1998 tokusatsu kaiju film and the final entry in Toho's Rebirth of Mothra trilogy. It was released to Japanese theaters on December 12, 1998.


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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Megumi Kobayashi   as   Moll
  • Misato Tate   as   Lora
  • Aki Hano   as   Belvera
  • Atsushi Ohnita   as   Yusuke Sonoda
  • Miyuki Matsuda   as   Yukie Sonoda
  • Takuma Yoshizawa   as   Shota Sonoda
  • Kyohei Shinozaki   as   Shohei Sonoda
  • Ayano Suzuki   as   Tamako Sonoda
  • Koichi Ueda   as   Principal Kocho
  • Atsushi Ohnita
  • Miyuki Matsuda
  • Takuma Yoshizawa
  • Ayano Suzuki
  • Kyoko Donowaki
  • Hironori Okajima
  • Toru Kodama
  • Yoshinobu Yano
  • Wataru Takeda
  • Makoto Fudano
  • Kensuke Kikuchi
  • Hiromi Watanabe
  • Maki Taniguchi
  • Harumi Yoshitoshi
  • Kaori Yanagioka
  • Chiharu Tsuji
  • Yoko Midorikawa
  • Mika Iketani
  • Futoshi Tanifuji   as   Elementary School Teacher
  • Kazunori Shigeki
  • Naomi Kusumi
  • Kariko To
  • Katsuya Takamatsu
  • Tomisaburo Horikoshi
  • Masaaki Morita
  • Hideo Usui
  • Osamu Okado
  • Kimie Suzuki
  • Hiromi Suzuki   as   Teacher Watching TV
  • Sayaka Yamaguchi
  • Shiro Namiki   as   Newscaster
  • Hoei Project, Gekidan Himawari, Theatre Academy, Tokyohoei Television, Gekidan Tohai, Central Kodomo Talent, Central Kodomo Gekidan, Tokyo Jido Gekidan, Nihon Jido   as   Child Extras
  • Tsutomu Kitagawa   as   King Ghidorah / Cretaceous King Ghidorah



Weapons, vehicles, and races

  • Elias
  • Bell 206B-3 JetRanger III Helicopter


According to an interview with special effects director Koichi Kawakita, Toho planned to produce a new film featuring King Ghidorah as early as December 1995. The film was initially planned for release in 1999, but King Ghidorah was eventually worked into Rebirth of Mothra III in 1998.[2] Toho considered introducing another new kaiju for the film as the antagonist, which was to be fire-themed. However, Toho ultimately decided to use a popular existing monster instead. Originally, Rodan was to be the villain, while Mothra Leo would have traveled back in time to medieval Japan rather than the Cretaceous period.[3][4] Other dropped concepts included explicitly tying King Ghidorah to Nostradamus's "King of Terror" prophecy, and naming the monster as Desghidorah's father.[5]


Main article: Rebirth of Mothra III/Gallery.


Main article: Rebirth of Mothra III (Soundtrack).

Alternate titles

  • Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks (literal Japanese title)
  • Mothra 3: Invasion of King Ghidorah (Mosura Surī: Kingu Gidora no shin'nyū; alternate Japanese title)
  • Mothra: King Ghidorah Returns (Mothra: King Ghidorah kehrt zurück; Germany)

Theatrical releases

  • Japan - December 12, 1998

U.S. release

Rebirth of Mothra III premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel on May 31, 2003, the same day as Rebirth of Mothra and Rebirth of Mothra II, although they had already been released on DVD three years prior. Sony planned to include the film in its 2009 Icons of Sci-Fi: Toho Collection DVD set, but ultimately removed it.[6] Aside from a stint on the free online streaming service Crackle, TV airings remained the only legitimate way to see Rebirth of Mothra III in the U.S. until 2014, when the trilogy was released in a Sony Blu-ray set with Japanese and English audio options.

Box office

Rebirth of Mothra III grossed ¥850,000,000 in Japan, a lower figure than the first two entries in the trilogy.


While the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy is held in low esteem by kaiju fans overall, they generally consider Rebirth of Mothra III to be on par with Rebirth of Mothra. The 2007 readers' poll conducted by G-Fan produced a 5.9 out of 10 rating for the film, ranking it 42nd among 49 kaiju films surveyed, but still the highest in the trilogy.[7] By the 2014 poll, its rating was essentially unchanged, lowering to 5.8.[8] This time, Rebirth of Mothra surpassed it with a 6.2 score. In a 2013 Toho Kingdom poll, 43% of respondents named it their favorite in the trilogy, compared with 53% for Rebirth of Mothra and 5% for Rebirth of Mothra II.[9]

King Ghidorah's design and portrayal routinely garner praise, as do the battle scenes. Targets for criticism include the uninvolved human cast, a convoluted time-travel story, and the low-quality CGI and dinosaur effects.

Video releases

Toho DVD (2006, 2011, 2013, 2015)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Japanese
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by special effects director Kenji Suzuki, message from producer Shogo Tomiyama, behind-the-scenes tokusatsu footage, featurette with special effects cinematographer Keiichi Sakurai, trailers and TV spots, featurette focusing on Keizo Murase, Shinichi Wakasa, and Masaaki Tezuka

Sony Blu-ray + Digital HD (2014)

  • Region: A/1
  • Discs: 2
  • Audio: Japanese (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special Features: Four trailers for Rebirth of Mothra, four trailers for Rebirth of Mothra II, three trailers for Rebirth of Mothra III
  • Notes: Packaged with Rebirth of Mothra and Rebirth of Mothra II. The English subtitles reflect the dub, not the original Japanese dialogue.

Toho Blu-ray (2017)



Japanese Rebirth of Mothra III trailer
Japanese Rebirth of Mothra III TV spot


  • Despite being replaced as the villain of the film, Rodan makes a brief appearance on the screen of a Sega Dreamcast VMU, after a child playing Collect Godzilla: Giant Monster Assembly is abducted by King Ghidorah.
  • In this film, King Ghidorah became the second kaiju to make his debut in the Godzilla series and later appear in a film without Godzilla, after the Giant Octopus.
  • Rebirth of Mothra III was the first Toho kaiju film made without the involvement of producer Tomoyuki Tanaka. A framed photo of Tanaka appears in the Sonoda family's house as a tribute.
    • It was also the first Toho kaiju film since 1984 without Koichi Kawakita as the director of special effects.


This is a list of references for Rebirth of Mothra III. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Rebirth of Mothra III on Japanese Wikipedia
  2. Koichi Kawakita Interview II -
  3. Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works. Village Books, 2012. Pages 260-263. ISBN 9784864910132.
  4. Rebirth of Mothra III Encyclopedia. 1998. Page 84, "Kenji Suzuki Interview." ISBN 4766931165.
  5. John LeMay. The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: The Lost Films. Bicep Books. p. 246. 2017.
  6. HK and Cult Film News - Return of the Classics: Another Exclusive HKCFN Interview with Sony's Mike Schlesinger
  7. G-FAN Magazine Index: G-Fan #79
  8. G-FAN Magazine Index: G-Fan #105
  9. [1]


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5 days ago
Score 0

"Other dropped concepts included explicitly tying King Ghidorah to Nostradamus's 'King of Terror' prophecy, and naming the monster as Desghidorah's father."

(*sigh*) ..... Imma be honest, this has kinda...well, I was gonna say "bugged me." And I was gonna say "bothered me." ... OK, both words are too strong to use. But now I got nothin', so I digress. Point is: Does ANYBODY even see this being even possible??? I mean, WHO'S THE MOM??? The fan-made Queen Ghidorah??? Then again, if he is KG's kid, then he's probably in a transitional stage. Like, a stage between Cretaceous KG and Modern-Type KG (*but for Desghidorah*), where he gained more power and attacks.


5 days ago
Score 0
(*sarcasm on the QG part, btw*)


2 months ago
Score 0
  • Lists dinosaurs as monsters*


2 months ago
Score 0
That first part is supposed to be bolded but whatever


6 months ago
Score 0
This is honestly to me the most unique and interesting of the Mothra films, however it certainly isn't the best


16 months ago
Score 3
Very odd that the original idea was that Rodan would be fought in the Edo Period, yet the final film has King Ghidorah being fought in the Cretaceous Period. Wouldn't it make more sense if it was the other way around?


19 months ago
Score 2
King Ghidorah.... in a Mothra film? What?!?!

Green Blob Thing

39 months ago
Score 2
So like the Gamera trilogy, this trilogy features a new monster for the second film and then features a pre-existing character and a variant of that character in the first and third films? I'm not sure what to think of that.
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