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
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written by Takeshi Kimura (Screenplay),
Shinichi Hoshi, Masami Fukashima (Original Story),
William Hope Hodgson (short story)
Music by Sadao Bekku
Distributor TohoJP,
American International TelevisionUS
Rating PGUS
Running time 89 minutes
(1 hour, 29 minutes)
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
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Matango (マタンゴ) is a 1963 tokusatsu kaiju horror 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).

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


American International TV title card
American International TV opening credits
American International TV end title


  • 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.[2]
  • The giant mushrooms that the characters eat were created by the special effects crew from rice pastry.

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