PG | | Adventure, Drama, Horror
After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.
This film gained some international publicity when a Swedish ship, the M.S. Lindblad Explorer, transporting a production unit to Antartica for location shooting, struck a submerged reef and almost sank. Passengers were rescued by Chilean Navy ships.
I wanted my name to be entered into the history books, but I wanted it to be for something meaningful, something lasting. What could I have done that would have made the slightest damn bit of difference... wha... what could I have done?
Purportedly a version of this film begins with the submarine Nereid visiting Japan, allowing Yoshizumi a last look at his homeland. The trip does not fit in with the sequence this scene fits into, in which the sub is on a desperate race against time from Antarctica to Washington, DC to deactivate a doomsday device. It is improbable that the sub would detour to the other side of the world for nostalgic reasons. However, the extended (Japanese) version begins with a flash-forward to Dr. Yoshizumi walking down to Patagonia and his last trip in the Nereid takes the direct route from Palmer Station to Washington, DC.
The Japanese version mixes English and Japanese writing during the opening credit sequence. The English-speaking actors' names are in English and the Japanese cast and crew members' names are in Japanese.
The original Japanese version ran a length of 155 minutes. The US version runs a length of about 108 minutes. The film has been even cut down as far as 101 minutes. Most of the footage in Japan (in Japanese with English subtitles) was eliminated from the American cut, leaving the American "disaster stalwarts" like George Kennedy, Chuck Connors and Robert Vaughn to take up most of this cut. Spoiler Alert: The 102-minute even totally deletes the film's notorious post-apocalyptic "trek south" sequences, rather ending when the world is destroyed by the nuclear weapons.
English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Russian
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