Talkback: Matango (1963)

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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby MechaGoji Bro7503 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:41 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Matango was almost remade, by Steven Soderbergh! Unfortunately he was unable to reach an agreement with Toho.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/soderbergh- ... e-matango/

Despite me never seeing the original, that would of been awesome! I would love to see some of the dream team's other classics get attention.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby edgaguirus » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:14 pm

It would be interesting to see a new take on the film.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby Shin Gabara » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:41 pm

I have the DVD . . . seen it a number of times . . . not once did I make any connection to the characters from Gilligan's Island. Now I'm worried that's all I'll be able to see.

On the top of the short-list rewatch pile.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby edgaguirus » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:27 pm

If you haven't seen this yet, I'll warn you.....spoilers.
















Sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
a tale of a horror trip,
about a storm tossed crew aboard a tiny ship.

The captain was a solid man,
strong as he could stand,
when a stormy sea washed them on an unknown island.

Slowly hunger took its toll,
sending them to eat mushrooms,
and those who did met their dooms.

One survivor was returned,
but it proved too late,
for a matango had sealed his fate.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby tbeasley » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:10 am

Tyrant_Lizard_King wrote:Matango was almost remade, by Steven Soderbergh! Unfortunately he was unable to reach an agreement with Toho.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/soderbergh- ... e-matango/

I wonder if he could instead make a new film based on The Voice in the Night.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:52 pm

Watched it again, definitely some of Honda and his cast's finest work in the genre. It's a bit of a silly concept with the villains just being dudes in rubbery costumes/makeup, but managing to get a really heavy atmosphere with the hopelessness and impending doom with those setbacks just makes it more impressive. The ending with Akiko calling out and trying to lure in the professor is the perfect mix of creepy and tragic. Seeing Kubo's character get ruined after the rest of his friends is a sight to see. The tones and characters Honda got to work with this film and The Human Vapor really set them apart from most of his monster works, and it's a shame only the latter got the critical recognition it deserves in Japan. At the very least its good to see this one gain more and more fans as time goes on.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby LegendZilla » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:38 pm

Would this film be good for a Monsterverse remake?
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby Maritonic » Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:08 am

LegendZilla wrote:Would this film be good for a Monsterverse remake?


Nope.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby Mr_Goji_and_Watch » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:04 am

LegendZilla wrote:Would this film be good for a Monsterverse remake?


No, have you seen it?
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby eabaker » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:21 am

Mr_Goji_and_Watch wrote:It's a bit of a silly concept with the villains just being dudes in rubbery costumes/makeup


I wouldn't really describe the mutants as the villains of this movie; they're really just victims of their own needs and desires, as is everyone in the cast.
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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Postby Gojira-Fan » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:58 pm

Just watched this movie. Got to say, this must be some of Honda and co. best work. Very atmospheric, filmed very well. Also very unique.

I think I just made a connection toMothra vs. Godzilla. Many people have pointed out that Sekizawa's stories are more lighthearted/positive while Kimura's stories are more dark/negative. I think both Mothra vs. Godzilla and Matango have Honda's brotherhood of man theme, but potrayed in different ways.

Mothra vs. Godzilla shows that the islanders of Infant Island mistrust outsiders because of the nuclear tests on their island. Only because of an emotional plea from one of the main characters that the Shobijin and other islanders agree to have Mothra defeat Godzilla. The plot in that scene really centers around healing the wounds of mistrust, and that theme is restated at the end of the film where one of the characters says (and I am paraphrasing here) that we must create a world without mistrust. Happy music plays as the film ends and the viewer is left feeling positive.

Matango is really about seeds of mistrust sprouting to the point where social relations break down. The seeds of mistrust (as potrayed in the film's metaphor of mushrooms) is hedonistic greed. Tokyo is viewed as equivalent or even worse than the island by Akira Kubo's character in the end due to the post-war economic boom changing Japanese society to be decadent and materialist. Ultimately, the film has an unhappy ending.

Both movies are classics and some of Toho's and Honda's best work. I love how many similar motifs and themes you can find by watching these movies, even if the tones are really different.


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