A meteorite yields the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah on Earth, after Mothra's priestesses predicted that the King of Terror would return. The monster was said to be responsible for the death of the dinosaurs, and now, he is out to get all of Earth's children. While Mothra's powers are no match for the dragon, he is sent to the past, in the time of the dinosaurs, to battle a younger, and apparently less powerful, King Ghidorah.
Directed by: Okihiro Yoneda
. Starring: Megumi Kobayashi
, Misato Tate
, Aki Hano
, Atsushi Ohnita
, Tsutomu Kitagawa
, Kôichi Ueda
, Sayaka Yamaguchi
, Shirô Namiki
, Miyuki Matsuda
, Rik Thomas
. Music by: Toshiyuki Watanabe
O.K., I am used to all the recent giant monster films from Toho Studios having very weird plots. All the third generation Godzilla films of the 90's are a case in point. However, the `Rebirth of Mothra' series, and this one in particular, really are amazing. It is like some really bad dream you might have while locked in a sweat soaked fever delirium. It keeps going and going, making less and less sense as it goes along. You keep hoping that you will wake up, but you never do.
There are three little Elias fairies, two `good' and one `bad'. They find some little triangle things that fit into their swords, but two of them get mixed up and they don't fit in the swords they have. Then a meteor crashes into the earth. It, of course, is King Ghidorah, who apparently was also the cause of the extinction of the dinosaurs. He has returned for some unspoken reason, probably to kill off all mankind. But instead of just stomping on everyone and knocking down buildings like monsters are prone to do, THIS one flies around and little children start evaporating. Not the adults, just the kids. They are later found to be inside a huge dome (which is actually a rather neat effect), full of icicles and volcanoes that burp blue acid. Why King Ghidorah does this is never explained, but it is obvious to the fairies that he intends to `kill them'. The little fairies then call Mothra, of course, who is apparently composed of thousands of little Mothras who fly together, achieve critical mass, and then explode into one big Mothra. The fairies fly too close to Ghidorah, and one of the good Elias gets her hair permed and turns into a bad fairy. She tries to choke the other good fairy, but falls off the tiny little Mothra they use as a steed and falls inside the dome. The remaining good Elias convinces a little boy who is afraid to go to school to go inside the dome and rescue the good become bad fairy, because she always was convinced of the innocence of children.
Now it gets weird. The remaining good fairy talks to Mothra and finds out the only way to defeat King Ghidorah is to go back in time, when he was much younger (and had much slimmer legs). But she won't be able to return to the present time, I believe, because the other fairy is now bad and trapped inside the dome. But, she goes back anyway, `sung' back by the remaining good fairy who then, in one of many very touching scenes, turns into a block of blue crystal. Mothra, on her way back through time, turns into something that looks like a cross between a flying fish, a wasp, and an F-15. She then finds Ghidorah busily chomping on a Tyrannosaurus. She fights him, and promptly gets her soundly trashed.
Meanwhile, back by the big dome, the kid who the Elias conned into fighting Ghidorah jumps out and yells insults at the 800 foot tall, three headed monster. Ghidorah is sufficiently insulted and sucks the little tyke up and deposits him in the dome. He goes in search of the fairy. The other, original, bad fairy is also in the dome and the three all come together. The two fairies fight with swords, but since the little kid is there and is full of innocence and still afraid to go to school, both fairies undergo a radical change of heart. The three swords magically merge into one sword. They send their good vibes, over 150 millions years, out to Mothra and she wins by shooting out all sorts of rays and things from her head, her wings, wherever. She apparently dies anyway, and three Mothra caterpillars magically appear from somewhere and give her a proper sendoff. The dome disappears and everyone is extremely happy, except the one fairy who is still a blue crystal. The movie is apparently over.
Then, a huge explosion in the sky occurs, King Ghidorah is back. This is not explained. Then, an earthquake happens and Mothra reappears as well. She had wrapped herself `in a time capsule', according to the kid who knows everything, and reappeared `just in the right time'. It is like that whole half-hour when Mothra went back in time never happened. They fight some more, and Mothra wins by dropping him in a volcano. Everyone is happy again, and they figure out a way to turn the blue crystal back into a good fairy. Presumably, the kid, having stood up to a three-headed monster, now has enough courage to go back to school.
Review by greggbartley from the Internet Movie Database.