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Matango (1963)

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Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

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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 Hinata ...
Police Personnel
Katsumi Tezuka ...
Police Personnel
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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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11 August 1963 (Japan)  »

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Attack of the Mushroom People  »

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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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An incredible and vastly underrated film.
14 October 2000 | by (Bridgewater, MA, USA.) – See all my reviews

This is a vastly underrated horror film which should be regarded as a true masterpiece, but instead is looked at as a piece of garbage. It is a beyond exellent masterpiece about starvation, betrayal, insanity, and the human condition. The film should not be looked at as a cheesy midnight movie with rubber mushroom people but as a horror classic. Ishiro Honda is an excellent director, his work should be acknowledged as true genius. The plot is about a yacht-load of happy go lucky vacationers who are escaping their stressfull lives. But one night a storm strikes and they loose their mast and are left helplessly drifting at sea. Then they reach an island. It is a foggy, desolate place with a huge jungle. There is nothing edible growing on this island except for a mysterous mushroom. The castaways find a fungus encrusted ship which they clean up and call home. They find a log book which claims the mushrooms can have strange effects on the human brain. The castaways try as hard as they can to get food but are still hungry and start to turn on each other. The castaways then see hideous monsters who live in the jungle. The mushroom turns humans into fungus. The castaways who ran the ship die and the rest start eating the mushrooms. Only one man, Murai, a psychologist, manages not to succumb. He escapes back to Tokyo whereapon he is thought to be mentally unstable and is confined in an asylum. He tells the story, but after he's done they find something different about him.... As I said, this film has gotten a very bad rap over the years. It aired on nightime TV and Creature Double Feature where it was regarded as a sleazy cult movie or a hilariously bad Japanese monster movie. IT'S NOT!! It's very disturbing and unsettling. The mushroom people look very ugly but the castaways transform from good natured working people to vicious, loathesome beasts even more scary than the mushroom people. Avoid the US version because of it's silly title, bad dubbing, and grainy, ugly, color distorted print. Get the original Japanese version for the biggest effect. The performances are so good they brought tears to my eyes, you can see the good camera work which looks like the cover of a pulp magazine. This is such a powerful film it was banned in Japan for some years but they have taken off their ban and it's now on video. My rating: ***** out of *****.


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