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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 »

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Wires can be seen during the sub chase scene. 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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Sushi Sci-Fi with an American Twist
11 January 2002 | by redbeard_nvSee all my reviews

As was the norm in the 60's, Japanese filmmakers used old-time American actors to help market their films in the US and Europe. Such Hollywood classics such as Raymond Burr ("Godzilla"), Nick Adams and Robert Horton ("The Green Slime") made a second career by appearing in Japanese sci -fi.

Joseph Cotton ("Citizen Kane"), Cesar Romero (TV "Batman's" original Joker) and Richard Jaeckel ("The Dirty Dozen", "Spenser:For Hire", "The Green Slime"), were another three who appeared in this offbeat blend of sci-fi and fantasy.

Cotten has his hands full as a Captain Nemo-esque commander of the super sub Alpha (an odd coincidence, since he later played the famous submariner in MGM's "Captain Nemo and the Underwater City"), fighting against a mad scientist (Romero) with a penchant for splicing together mutant creatures to rule the world. Jaeckel plays the reporter tossed into this crazy conflict, which has little or no plot or character development, but is just your average no-brainer popcorn flick perfect for the fanboy in all of us.

A strange twist was the marketing of this film as a sequel to the live action version of the anime movie "Atragon", another super sub movie that bears absolutely no resemblance in design or plot to "Latitude Zero".


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