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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 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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Castaway on a forbidden planet...Their craving for the strange exotic fruit...Drives them to madness...And unspeakable horror! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

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 »

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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 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 »

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 »

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

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(untitled)
Performed by Kumi Mizuno
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A certain something...
28 November 2002 | by bruce-129See all my reviews

If you look around on the Internet you can see that almost all the entries for this movie, are above average and there are probably a million different reasons for that. I think they all have in common that somehow this movie really gets people on a sub-conscious level and represents something.

I remember seeing this movie at various times growing up on the late night horror shows, in Houston, Texas, called "Weird" and "Late Wierd", and then in California on "Creature Features".

There is something about watching this movie about a groups of somewhat related friends who are out on a cruise in their rich friends sailboat, well, actually the exact details escape me, and I am not sure that the English tranlation accurately tells what was supposed to be going on in the original story.

The boat is caught in a storm, and they drift through heavy fog to a deserted island where everything is misty, moist, and fungus ridden. To survive they look for food, and find that people have been to the island before, in fact a large group of people on a freighter ship that has wasted away.

There are some clues on the ship as to what happened, and some strange goings on that stress these "friends" to the breaking point, and their cohesion starts to unravel.

There is just something special about this eerie and fun movie that if I ever see it in DVD format I will pick it up.


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