International Title
Matango
Japanese Title
 マタンゴ
 [Matango]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1963
  Time: 89 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 Attack of the Mushroom People
US Distributor: AIP (1965) Time: 88 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Matango the Monster [Italian]
Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People [US DVD Title]


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Details
A crew of seven, including wealthy vacationers and two ship crew, venture across the seas. Their ship, however, is undertaken by a fierce storm. The tempest destroys their engine and sail, stranding the boat. To make matters worse, the communication equipment is rendered useless. The radio does allow them to hear reports of their disappearance, though, as they continue to drift further out to sea. Eventually the yacht drifts near a remote, fog ridden island. The seven disembark for the land mass, in search of supplies. They are able to find water in abundance, but nearly no food. The survivors come across a giant shipwreck, wrought with age from having crashed years ago. Inside they find logs of radiation abnormalities that were being studied. Among the ship is also fungus, including a gigantic mushroom that the previous crew had dubbed "Matango". The survivors decide to fix up the shipwreck and make it a home while they are stranded. Tensions rise, though, from a scarcity of food, causing infighting. Meanwhile, something not quite human is lurking out in the island's jungle...

Staff
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Masami Fukushima, William Hope Hodgson, Shinichiro Hoshi, Takeshi Kimura
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Sadao Bekku
Cinematography by Hajime Koizumi
Film Editing by Reiko Kaneko
Production Design by Juichi Ikuno, Akira Watanabe
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
Cast
Kenji Murai Akira Kubo
Mami Sekiguchi Kumi Mizuno
Naoyuki Sakeda Hiroshi Koizumi
Fumio Kasai Yoshio Tsuchiya
Senzo Koyama Kenji Sahara
Etsuro Yoshida Hiroshi Tachikawa
Akiko Soma Miki Yashiro
Humanoid Matango Hideyo Amamoto
Medical Clinic Doctors Jiro Kumagai, Akio Kusama, Yutaka Oka, Kazuo Higata
Police Kazuo Hinata, Katsumi Tezuka
Matango Keisuke Yamada, Tokio Okawa, Haruo Nakajima, Katsumi Tezuka, Masashi Shinohara, Koji Urugi, Toku Ihara
Dancers Mitsuko Hayashi, Kakue Ishibanji
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Matango None

Posters

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People Tokyo Shock (2005) Order
Region 2 Matango Toho (2003)

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Reviews
Guy Tucker Star Rating
April 3, 2005
Anthony Romero Star Rating
August 21, 2006
J.L. Carrozza Star Rating
February 1, 2007