Matango (1963)

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Japanese poster for Matango
Alternate Titles
Flagicon United States.png Attack of the Mushroom People
(TV 1965)
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Directed by Ishiro Honda
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Takeshi Kimura, Shinichi Hoshi,
Masami Fukashima,
William Hope Hodgson (short story)
Music by Sadao Bekku
Distributor TohoJP
American International TelevisionUS
Rating PGUS
Running Time 89 minutesJP
(1 hour, 29 minutes)
88 minutesUS
(1 hour, 28 minutes)
Aspect Ratio 2.55:1
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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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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, Mototaka Tomioka
  • Optical Photography by   Yoichi Manoda, Yoshiyuki Tokusama
  • Art Direction by   Akira Watanabe
  • Lighting by   Kyuichiro 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   Senzô Koyama
  • Hiroshi Tachikawa   as   Etsurô Yoshida
  • Yoshio Tsuchiya   as   Masafumi Kasai
  • Miki Yashiro   as   Akiko Sôma
  • Hideyo Amamoto   as   Skulking Transitional Matango
  • Takuzô Kumagai   as   Jirô 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 Ôkawa   as   Matango
  • Kôji 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
  • Ryûtarô Amami   as   Guest at club
  • Saburô 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).

Alternate Titles

  • 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)

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - August 11, 1963
  • Thailand - 1964
  • Columbia - 1960s
  • United Kingdom - 1969
  • Italy - November 1973

U.S. Release

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.

Video Releases

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)[1]

  • 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.



Japanese Matango trailer
International Matango trailer


Original English end title


  • American director Steven Soderbergh discussed remaking Matango with Toho, but was unable to reach an agreement with the studio.[2]

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