Matango (マタンゴ) is a 1963 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho, loosely based on the 1907 short story "The Voice in the Night" by William Hope Hodgson. It was released to Japanese theaters on August 11, 1963.
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A group of seven young people are stranded on a mysterious island infested by a bizarre fungus. With their source of food depleting, fear and hunger turn them against each other. One by one they eat the fungus, slowly transforming them into mushroom monsters.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Ishiro Honda
- Screenplay by Takeshi Kimura
- Story Treatment by Shinichi Hoshi, Masami Fukashima
- Based on the short story "The Voice in the Night" by William Hope Hodgson
- Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
- Music by Sadao Bekku
- Cinematography Hajime Koizumi
- Edited by Reiko Kaneko
- Production Design by Shigekazu Ikuno
- Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
- Assistant Director of Special Effects Teruyoshi Nakano
- Special Effect Photography by Sadamasa Arikawa, Motoyoshi Tomioka
- Optical Photography by Yoichi Manoda, Yoshiyuki Tokusama
- Art Direction by Akira Watanabe
- Lighting by Kuichiro Kishida
- Matte Processing by Hiroshi Mukoyama
- Production Management by Tadashi Koike
- Still Photography by Issei Tanaka
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Akira Kubo as Kenji Murai
- Kumi Mizuno as Mami Sekiguchi
- Hiroshi Koizumi as Naoyuki Sakuta
- Kenji Sahara as Senzo Koyama
- Hiroshi Tachikawa as Etsuro Yoshida
- Yoshio Tsuchiya as Masafumi Kasai
- Miki Yashiro as Akiko Soma
- Hideyo Amamoto as Skulking Transitional Matango
- Jiro Kumagai as Takuzo Kumagai
- Akio Kusama as Police Personnel
- Yutaka Oka as Doctor
- Keisuke Yamada as Doctor
- Kazuo Hinata as Police Personnel
- Katsumi Tezuka as Police Personnel
- Haruo Nakajima as Matango
- Tokio Okawa as Matango
- Koji Uruki as Matango
- Masaki Shinohara as Matango
- Kuniyoshi Kashima as Transitional Matango
- Toku Ihara as Transitional Matango
- Mitsuko Hayashi as Nurse
- Tsurue Ichimanji as Tazue Ichimanji
- Hiroshi Akitsu as Guest at club
- Ryutaro Amami as Guest at club
- Saburo Iketani as Voice of radio announcer
- Yoshio Katsube as Guest at club
- Hideo Shibuya as Staff at club
- Main article: Matango (film)/Gallery.
- Main article: Matango (Soundtrack).
- Attack of the Mushroom People (United States)
- Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People (U.S. DVD Title)
- Matango, Fungus of Terror (United Kingdom)
- Matango, the Monster (Matango, il Mostro; Italy)
- Japan - August 11, 1963
- Thailand - 1964
- Columbia - 1960s
- United Kingdom - 1969
- Italy - November 1973
In 1965, American International Pictures released Matango directly to television as Attack of the Mushroom People, using Toho's international English dub recorded in Hong Kong. Aside from a shortened opening credit sequence, it was largely unedited. Used TV prints of this version found their way to public domain dealers who issued it on Betamax and VHS. In 2005, Media Blasters' Tokyo Shock label released the original Japanese version of the film on DVD under the title Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People.
Toho DVD (2003)
- Region: 2
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese
- Subtitles: Japanese
- Special Features: Audio commentary by actor Akira Kubo, interview with Teruyoshi Nakano (27 minutes), reading of the original treatment by writer Masami Fukushima (18 minutes), theatrical trailer
Media Blasters DVD (2005)
- Region: 1
- Discs: 1
- Audio: Japanese (2.0 Mono, 5.1 Surround), English (2.0 Mono, 5.1 Surround)
- Subtitles: English
- Special Features: Audio commentary by actor Akira Kubo, interview with Teruyoshi Nakano (27 minutes), reading of the original treatment by writer Masami Fukushima (18 minutes), trailers
- Notes: Out of print. A 2007 release packages it with Varan and The Mysterians.
- Matango is the second adaptation of "A Voice in the Night." The first, simply titled "Voice in the Night," was the 24th episode of the 1957-58 NBC anthology series Suspicion.
- American director Steven Soderbergh discussed remaking Matango with Toho, but was unable to reach an agreement with the studio.
- The giant mushrooms that the characters eat were created by the special effects crew from rice pastry.
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