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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Mushroom People  »

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Trivia

The effect of the growing mushrooms was done through the same means later used to create the "instant pudding" in Woody Allen's Sleeper(1973). 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 »

Connections

Featured in 42nd Street Forever, Volume 1 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

(untitled)
Performed by Kumi Mizuno
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A Masterpiece of creepiness and atmospheric horror
13 November 2002 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

First of all, it takes guts on the part of the filmmakers to make a commercial movie about people turning into giant mushrooms. It's all a big modern morality fable. Once the characters get to the island, we the audience are sucked into a horrific world of constant rain where the only food that grows is fungus. The characters try to resist but most eventually give in to the temptation. This film is very creepy and maintains an atmosphere of dread. Even the final evolution of the mushroom people is convincing enough to keep you wrapped up in it. It starts off slow but give it a chance. It's a beautifully made and memorable little masterpiece of horror that rightfully seems to have been born of nightmares. It's too bad that even in our supposedly enlightened, politically tolerant world that there is no American distributor for the uncut Japanese version of this film. This film is hard to locate but well worth the effort. I even saw the American International Pictures version that is badly dubbed and it is still a powerful and original film. See it at all costs if you are a fan of Japanese horror films.


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