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Latitude Zero (1969)

Ido zero daisakusen (original title)
A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack.

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Warren Lewis (additional dialogue), Shin'ichi Sekizawa | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Dr. Ken Tashiro
Joseph Cotten ... Capt. Craig McKenzie / Cmdr. Glenn McKenzie
Cesar Romero ... Dr. Malic / Lt. Hastings
Richard Jaeckel ... Perry Lawton
Patricia Medina ... Lucretia
Linda Haynes ... Dr. Anne Barton
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ... Dr. Jules Masson
Hikaru Kuroki Hikaru Kuroki ... Capt. Kuroiga
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Sugata
Susumu Kurobe ... Chin
Wataru Ômae Wataru Ômae ... Kobo
Haruo Nakajima ... Flying Lion / Giant Rat
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Dr. Okada
Mari Nakayama Mari Nakayama ... Tsuruko Okada
Burr Middleton Burr Middleton ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

A journalist is saved by a giant submarine captained by a 200 year old man who takes him to an underwater paradise city where no one ages. That's when monsters and mutants sent by the captain's rival, a 200 year old scientist, attack.

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Discover the incredible world of tomorrow... 15 miles straight down at LATITUDE ZERO


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Latitude Zero See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(international) | (general release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

His screenplay, based on his original stories, would be the last work in the film industry for Ted Sherdeman, ending a career in motion pictures that lasted about 20 years. See more »

Goofs

The bat creatures' arms are connected to their wings. However in some shots (usually the ones require them to pick up or push someone) their arms and wings are suddenly separate appendages. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Craig McKenzie: [opening narration] Longitude 180 degrees, latitude zero. The Spring of 1969, the largest oceanographic ship in the world, the Japanese research vessel, "Fuji", has sailed eastwards from the Gilbert Islands to an area in the equatorial South Pacific to investigate and analyse what is known as the Cromwell Current, a sub-surface stream flowing eastwards from New Guinea to the coast of Ecuador. Why study it? Because, possibly, it can be used by submarines to increase speed, just as a jet stream is...
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Alternate Versions

The movie was actually shot entirely in English. This "international version" has a running time of 105 minutes. When it was released in the United States by National General Pictures, it was cut by six minutes. Although Toho's international version runs 105 minutes, its Japanese theatrical cut is just under 90 minutes long. All the dialogue is dubbed into Japanese. The film was also reedited in the 70s as part of Toho's Champion Festival. The international and Japanese cuts are available on DVD in the US. See more »

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Underrated Classic
15 May 2008 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is one of the finest of the non-Godzilla epics by Ishiro Honda and Toho. It definitely has all the elements that make for a great film great story, great action and an interesting twist at the end. What really stands out is the fact that Honda pretty much took a near impossible situation in working with several American actors who didn't speak Japanese and was able to do a decent job in directing them. However, the thing that really was interesting about this film was the fact that this film marks what probably is the first and only time that Akira Takarada and the late, great Akihiko Hirata are heard speaking English with their own voices after years of being dubbed. This film is definitely one of the finest to come from Toho.


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