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Matango (1963)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 11 August 1963 (Japan)
Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.


Ishirô Honda


Takeshi Kimura (screenplay), Shin'ichi Hoshi (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Kenji Murai - Professor
Kumi Mizuno ... Mami Sekiguchi - Singer
Hiroshi Koizumi ... Naoyuki Sakuta - Skipper
Kenji Sahara ... Senzô Koyama - Sailor
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Etsurô Yoshida - Writer
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


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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Attack of the Mushroom People See more »


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Did You Know?


Although they were established stars at Toho, actors Kumi Mizuno and Yoshio Tsuchiya had no qualms about their involvement in genre films. Mizuno had work for acclaimed directors such as Naruse, Inagaki, and Okamoto. Tsuchiya was recognized for being one of Akira Kurosawa's favorite actors and cited how he enjoyed working in science-fiction films just as much as Kurosawa movies. See more »


At minute 12:40 the members of the crew rescue Yoshida from topside in the rain and spray. When the crew gets him below deck all of them are dry. See more »

Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Art of Suit Acting (2006) See more »

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A Masterpiece of creepiness and atmospheric horror
13 November 2002 | by LJ27See 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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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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Toho Company See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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