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Matango (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  11 August 1963 (Japan)
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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 giant mushrooms that the characters eat were created by the special effects crew from rice pastry. The rice pastry would be picked up from a nearby shop that specialized in it, and taken to the studio where it was shaped and cooked. Because Kumi Mizuno was so well liked, they would add sugar and other flavors. 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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13 March 2004 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

First a correction : the making year and distribution release year in Japan of MATANGO is 1962 and not 1963. It is of course a very good movie from Inoshiro Honda, the father of "Kaiju Eiga" and every cinephile knows what that means. Besides, it is a "Kaiju eiga" (= "monster movie" as trasnlated in English) quite closer to horror than to science-fiction, even it is also a sci-fi, including mentions of the atom research in the ghost boat in which the survivors are living. It is closer to BINJO TO EKITAI NINGEN [L'HOMME H] (Jap. 1958) than to GOJIRA (Jap. 1954), both directed by Honda, if you want to have a comparative idea. Anyway, it is a very original movie in Honda carrier. Even it can remind, as a cultivate reader mentionned it, a W.H.Hodgson's novel. But were the Japanese scriptwriters aware of that source ? Interesting question. I am glad to announce you that in France, a smart distributor has bought the rights from Toho and distributed that movie in a beautiful Cinemascope complying with 16/9 TV screening : it has been shown on Canal + private famous French TV but I do not think it is available on DVD or video.

It was around one or two years ago and we have been able to discover it in original japanese langage with French subtitles : beautiful master and beautiful movie. Honda is my favorite horror and sci-fi movie director with regard to history of Japanese movie. I have recently written an "Elementary filmography of Kaiju Eiga" in which Inoshiro Honda has of course the main place, as far as Toho is concerned. MATANGO is a masterpiece.


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