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Matango (1963)

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Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo ...
Kenji Murai - Professor
Kumi Mizuno ...
Mami Sekiguchi - Singer
Hiroshi Koizumi ...
Naoyuki Sakuta - Skipper
Kenji Sahara ...
Senzô Koyama - Sailor
Hiroshi Tachikawa ...
Etsurô Yoshida - Writer
Yoshio Tsuchiya ...
Masafumi Kasai - Owner
Miki Yashiro ...
Akiko Sôma - Student
Hideyo Amamoto ...
Skulking Transitional Matango
Takuzô Kumagai ...
Doctor (as Jirô Kumagai)
Akio Kusama ...
Police Personnel
Yutaka Oka ...
Doctor
Keisuke Yamada ...
Doctor
Kazuo Higata ...
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Katsumi Tezuka ...
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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 music. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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island | mushroom | yacht | radiation | occult | See more »


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11 August 1963 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Mushroom People  »

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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) See more »

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(untitled)
Performed by Kumi Mizuno
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THE CREEPIEST MOVIE TOHO EVER MADE
11 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

First of all, if possible avoid the dubbed version of this one (ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE). The dubbing is no worse than usual for a Japanese sci-fi/horror movie, but this one really needs the subtitles so the viewer won't be distracted by the cartoonish dubbed voices. There is an excellent widescreen/subtitled edition of this available from Video Daikaiju ( if they're still in business; they somehow got away with putting out excellent-quality subtitled versions of the films that Toho released for the Japanese video market), and it is also pretty easy to find at various comics/sci-fi/media conventions.

MATANGO scores very high on the slow-burn creepiness meter, and the story of a bunch of hapless castaways slowly descending in to distrust and madness is utterly compelling. What they find on the island is truly disturbing, and I can't put into words how thankful I am for not having seen this during my formative years. This is one of those movies that can royally mess up your mind if you're a little kid. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


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