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A man in a padded cell tells of being shipwrecked on a foggy island with toadstool-eating tourists.

Cast & Crew

Akira Kubo
Kenji Murai
Kenji Sahara
Senzô Koyama
Yoshio Tsuchiya
Masafumi Kasai
Kumi Mizuno
Mami Sekiguchi
Hiroshi Koizumi
Naoyuki Sakuta
Hiroshi Tachikawa
Etsurô Yoshida
Miki Yashiro
Akiko Sôma
Hideyo Amamoto
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Takeshi Kimura
Screenwriter
Sadao Bekku
Music
Hajime Koizumi
Cinematographer
Reiko Kaneko
Film Editor
Shigekazu Ikuno
Production Design
Shigeru Komatsuzaki
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Critic Reviews for Attack of the Mushroom People

All Critics (4) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (1)

Audience Reviews for Attack of the Mushroom People

  • Jun 28, 2010
    Scary mushrooms threaten a group of people stranded on a desert island. An unsettling parable about survival and your friends turning to the dark (fungus-eating) side. You know it will all end badly. <img src="http://goremasterfx.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/matango.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2010
    Downbeat, pesimistic film with a nice sense of dramatic tension and social paranoia.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2010
    I was really surprised to discover that, instead of being a campy old Japanese beastie movie like I expected, it's...well, it's still a campy old Japanese beastie movie. But there are undeniable traces of insight, originality, and plain ol' loveliness to it. Matango is astonishingly bleak, not at all the escapist fun that I would have expected from the English title, especially toward the ending. The soundtrack is mostly an aping of American creature horrors of the time, but it does them one better, managing to achieve a creeping unease. It looks fantastic too, not at all cheap like most of Japan's attempts at blockbuster cinema. Foggy, swampy and landlocked, this island of murderous mushrooms has an odd personality of its own that makes it surprisingly captivating. 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. 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. Though well-drawn, the characters are generally unsubtle. It's also rather misogynist, with all of its action driven by the male characters while the females stand back and scream, but this is more an issue of the era and culture than the movie itself. Matango could easily be pinned to a wall and lambasted by any moviegoer looking for a cheap shot, but those willing to look at it in an appreciative way might find something worth championing here.
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2009
    Some How I expected more from Toho Films, other Sci Fi pictures they put out just seem to have the excellent plastic model effects when it came to tanks and jets, but this one had none of these, just people washing up on a island after their yacht goes a stray, and they find another deserted ship, with mushrooms growing wild onboard, and on the island, they all figure out if you eat the mushrooms you will turn into a mushroom, I ate some mushrooms in Puerto Rico one time and thought I was a mushroom for about 10 hrs, anyway most of the crew falls into the trap of eating the mushrooms. I am told that this film was banned in Japan when it first came out because it reminded people of the atom bomb victims. Not at all a good B&W sci fi film but I will give it 3 stars and add it to my collection of Toho Films.
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