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It stars Akira Kubo (Kenji Murai), Kumi Mizuno (Mami Sekiguchi), Kenji Sahara (Senzō Koyama), Hiroshi Tachikawa (Etsurō Yoshida), Yoshio Tsuchiya (Masafumi Kasai), Hiroshi Koizumi (Naoyuki Sakuda) and Miki Yashiro (Akiko Sōma).
He authored some great works and remains a favourite to this day, but what does he have to do with a Japanese B-movie (from Ishiro Honda, the guy who directed GODZILLA no less) made half a century later? First of all, if possible avoid the dubbed version of this one (ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE). Instead of cartoon violence, Matango is a much darker movie than most of the other Toho movies I've seen.
I watched the Japanese version with English subtitles (no English dubbing)the other day, and the Japanese version has the main character claiming that he NEVER ate mushrooms but turned into one anyways.
Even it can remind, as a cultivate reader mentionned it, a W.H.Hodgson's novel. They soon have creepy encounters with rubbery mushroom men who were once men but are now fungus from eating the mushrooms. We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.
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Edited by: Reiko Kaneko. And that is certainly the best part, when all themes come together. All Critics (4)
A wonderful creepy film, unfortunately made much more silly than it is by a SILLY song performed by Kumi Mizuno (La La La La La La La). It is this element of "Matango" which most impressed methe cold ethereal light of the fog-shrouded forest covered in great lumps of pallid fungus sent a real shiver down my back. And they convey it very well to the viewing audience ! This is movie is waaaaaay too cool for the likes of you readers who rate it anything less than a 10! But there are undeniable traces of insight, originality, and plain ol' loveliness to it. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. "My friends are alive; I'm the one who died," he tells them. A logbook left behind by persons unknown describe the study of the mushrooms found here, which have a deleterious effect ion the nerve fibers. This Japanese film is actually a very dark film, although with brilliantly campy mushroom people, but the real plot of the film revolves around the darker side of humanity.
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Categories 31 Days of Horror VII. The psychologist is unable to cope with the degrading values, particularly after the mate is shot over money (useless) and turtle eggs (food).
|, November 4, 2004 I can't say I was ever truly scared by Matango, but I did think to myself several times "this is actually creepy" and I empathized unironically with the characters.
Matango is a far better movie than its American title, "Attack of the Mushroom People," would suggest. | Review by Sam Bett. If you look around on the Internet you can see that almost all the entries for this movie, are above average and there are probably a million different reasons for that.
A surprisingly downbeat example of Japanese horror, with an extremely cynical view of human nature. The special (and make-up) effects are rotten, though, and the acting and action scenes really do let it down badly. Though well-drawn, the characters are generally unsubtle. Their boats sinks and they seek refuge on the closest island to where their boat sank; a seemingly lush paradise.
The movie's strengths are sort of avalanched by its oddities; some of the human behavior is totally inexplicable, the premise at a base level is ridiculous, and the gun never seems to run out of ammunition despite being shot well over 100 times. Beyond the Japanese shlock factor, is atmosphere and tension so thick, you can cut it with a knife. Bastardized for its American release, badly dubbed, retitled ("Attack of the Mushroom People") and afforded very little respect, its recent re-emergence as a special edition DVD confirms its place in the realm of fantastique cinema. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. I.E.
One of the more interesting scenes depicts the guy lost in the middle of the mushroom patch , being followed by the hideous Mushroom people !
This film takes out explicit religion (though the Japanese version has a brief scene related to Akiko's Shinto beliefs, which was deleted because most Americans wouldn't understand it), but retains the morals. The special effects and art direction-set decoration are truly remarkable; this film has a one of a kind atmosphere, and would make a perfect "midnight movie".
Check out this one. Even the final evolution of the mushroom people is convincing enough to keep you wrapped up in it. This film based on William Hope Hodgson's novel "The Voice in the Night", has a plot that is so bizarre that it could only have been inspired by someone's nightmares.
Distributed by: Toho. There are some REALLY cool special effects of the mushrooms growing at terrifying speed in a heavy rain. Surprised first to find that this Nipponese nifty was actually in color, I was pleasantly surprised, also, to find that it was still creepy, after all those years.
The forest part where they live and where the main character hallucinates, in the midst of all the different creepy looking mushrooms, then the movie creates some scenes that are the cherry on the pie.
An unsettling parable about survival and your friends turning to the dark (fungus-eating) side. It's one of those movies that toys with your head, makes you think that you can trust all the characters when in the end there's only one that you can trust even then you wonder if he's truly trustworthy or not. I am glad to announce you that in France, a smart distributor has bought the rights from Toho and distributed that movie in a beautiful Cinemascope complying with 16/9 TV screening : it has been shown on Canal + private famous French TV but I do not think it is available on DVD or video.
Matango unleashes psychological terror and fungus body horror with atmospheric dread.
|, April 20, 2010
See it at all costs if you are a fan of Japanese horror films. but it does have certain creepiness that makes it just about watchable if you like the genre.
All of them are laughing and singing on board a yacht out for an afternoon cruise. A yacht-load of happy go lucky Japanese vacationers are stranded on an island with lots of fog, jungles, and mushrooms. (Mushrooms, ho hum.)
Production company: Toho. Scary mushrooms threaten a group of people stranded on a desert island. The premise of intelligent fungus luring people to eat them and then the people slowly turn to "mushroom people" is so nightmarishly creepy that I can't imagine that Hodgson (or anyone else) could of dreamed this idea up when he was wide awake.
The skipper takes the ship (which isn't his, Kasai wearing a captain's uniform to prove it (and how stuck up he is)) after repairing it, without anyone else, but he dies at sea, Murai soon finding the abandoned ship.