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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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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


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Trivia

Linda Haynes celebrated her 21st birthday while acting in this film. 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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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LATITUDE ZERO (Inoshiro Honda, 1969) **
12 December 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is a bigger budgeted film than usual for genre director Honda (with more evidently elaborate sets) – though the special effects still have that distinctive cheesiness to them (witness the giant bats and rodents on display). It also utilizes a surprising number of American actors: Joseph Cotten playing the visionary scientist looks ill-at-ease and frail (but, then, his character is supposed to be 204 years old!), an innocuous Richard Jaeckel is the photographer hero while, as chief villains, we get Cesar Romero and Patricia Medina (both essentially campy). As I've often said, I grew up watching English-language films dubbed in Italian…but hearing Hollywood actors in Japanese is another thing entirely!

LATITUDE ZERO feels like a juvenile version of a typical Jules Verne adventure, and is fairly entertaining on that level; indeed, it's preferable to Honda's low-brow variations on the monsters-on-the-rampage formula because of the inherent quaint charm of the set-up in this case. The plot involves the kidnapping of a famous scientist by Romero – he was intended to establish himself in the underwater, technologically advanced city devised by Cotten (to which the world's foremost minds are being recruited). We're treated to plenty of silly battles between the rival subs, but the most amusing scenes are certainly the raid on Romero's cave – in fact, Cotten doing somersaults and fending off men in rubber suits (via flames and laser emitted from his glove!) must surely count as the nadir of his acting career; the other elder in the cast, Romero, is more in his element – after all, he had been The Joker in the BATMAN TV series and movie of the 1960s! Cotten has a scantily-clad blonde physician on his team, and is assisted by a hulking Asian; Romero, on the other hand, is flanked by an Oriental femme fatale – who, however, ends up getting a raw deal for her efforts (the girl's brain is eventually transplanted into a hybrid of lion and condor…which is among the phoniest-looking creatures you ever saw!). Apparently, a 2-disc set of this one from Media Blasters streets on this very day!!


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Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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