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Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:41 am
by MechaGoji Bro7503
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.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:14 pm
by edgaguirus
It would be interesting to see a new take on the film.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:41 pm
by Shin Gabara
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.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:27 pm
by edgaguirus
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.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:10 am
by tbeasley
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.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:52 pm
by Mr_Goji_and_Watch
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.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:38 pm
by LegendZilla
Would this film be good for a Monsterverse remake?

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:08 am
by Maritonic
LegendZilla wrote:Would this film be good for a Monsterverse remake?


Nope.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:04 am
by Mr_Goji_and_Watch
LegendZilla wrote:Would this film be good for a Monsterverse remake?


No, have you seen it?

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:21 am
by eabaker
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.

Re: Talkback: Matango (1963)

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:58 pm
by Gojira-Fan
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.