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Matango Screening at the Japan Society
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Date: 1/8/2015
Author: Anthony Romero
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The Japan Society in New York will be screening Ishiro Honda's famed Matango (1963) on January 23rd, 2015.

Running since October, The Dark Side of the Sun: John Zorn on Japanese Cinema is a collection of films selected by avant-garde musician John Zorn. Each month a new film is included in the mix, culminating in two movies in February.

This month, Honda's Matango (1963) goes up to plate. At 7PM (EST) on Friday, January 23rd the movie will have a 35mm screening at the Japanese Society (333 East 47th Street New York, NY 10017).

The version of the film to be screened is the original Japanese cut, with English subtitles.

Released in the US with the infamous title "Attack of the Mushroom People", Matango (1963) is fairly revered amongst Japanese science fiction films. While Honda is generally remembered for his work on Godzilla (1954), this 1963 movie has developed a minor cult following. Featuring a Lord of the Flies-style breakdown of the main cast, the production is dripping with symbolism for the degradation of society in the face of isolation and adversity. The film has been associated with a wide range of morals, while the developed cast gives the film a level of weight to make it a stand out.

The movie features many of Toho's better known science fiction stars of the time. This includes Akira Kobai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Hiroshi Tachikawa, Kenji Sahara, Kumi Mizuno, Miki Yashiro and Yoshio Tsuchiya.

Advance tickets are on sale now. General admission is $12, senior and student admission is $9. Members to the Japan Society also receive the discount. Head to the Japan Society for more information on The Dark Side of the Sun.