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Matango (1963)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 11 August 1963 (Japan)
Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Takeshi Kimura (screenplay), Shin'ichi Hoshi (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Kenji Murai - Professor
Kumi Mizuno ... Mami Sekiguchi - Singer
Hiroshi Koizumi Hiroshi Koizumi ... Naoyuki Sakuta - Skipper
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Senzô Koyama - Sailor
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Etsurô Yoshida - Writer
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Masafumi Kasai - Owner
Miki Yashiro Miki Yashiro ... Akiko Sôma - Student
Hideyo Amamoto ... Skulking Transitional Matango
Takuzô Kumagai Takuzô Kumagai ... Doctor (as Jirô Kumagai)
Akio Kusama Akio Kusama ... Police Personnel
Yutaka Oka Yutaka Oka ... Doctor
Keisuke Yamada Keisuke Yamada ... Doctor
Kazuo Hinata Kazuo Hinata ... Police Personnel
Katsumi Tezuka ... Police Personnel
Haruo Nakajima ... Matango
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Storyline

A group of pleasure-seeking young people are stranded on a mysterious island when their boat crashes. One by one they succumb to the lure of the deadly mushrooms. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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Attack of the Mushroom People See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 August 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People See more »

Filming Locations:

Hachijôjima, Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The film was nearly banned in Japan due to the fact that the makeup that some of the cast wore as they were turning into mushrooms was very reminiscent of how many people looked after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. See more »

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When Kasai shoots at Yoshida and Mami as he chases them off the boat, you can see the bullets ricochet off the ground before he fires a shot. See more »

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The opening credits of the Japanese version are on animated sails. See more »

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Referenced in Godzilla: Monster of Monsters (1988) See more »

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(untitled)
Performed by Kumi Mizuno
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Dark, powerful, yes, and unforgettable.
10 December 1998 | by tonygladSee all my reviews

This is one of only two movies that have ever given me nightmares and for some time at that. I wasn't really small, either. The original story by Hodgson is admittedly simple, but it is very powerful. The concept, original as far as I know, of people becoming the fungi they eat is disgustingly powerful. As a side remark, I was told at the time of its showing here that the Japanese adaptation for the movie was meant to be a symbolic warning against the use of drugs. (Mushrooms, ho hum.) If so, I'd rather not believe it, since it trivializes the movie.


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