G | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
Although this was only special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya's next-to-last film, it was also not only his last sci-fi/fantasy film, but the last time he would work with director Ishirô Honda, with whom he worked on many of Toho's classic tokusatsu movies, including the Godzilla series.
Capt. Craig McKenzie:
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 ...
Obvious wires visible when the bat creature swoops down to attack the heroes during the climactic battle in the laboratory.
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.