Episode 52: Latitude Zero (1969)

Get into the bath of immunity, then put on your gold or vinyl outfit and prepare yourself for an overwhelmingly positive review of this humorous and underrated piece of Toho history! While the Americans and Japanese on the production staff got into frequent arguments, at least the costume department had fun! Unlike the painfully square reporter Perry Lawton, I’d have stayed in Latitude Zero and never returned to the surface. Though this film didn’t perform well, it holds a special place in the hearts of many tokusatsu fans. I showcase the American actors and put the story into context by relating it to similar adventure and Utopian literature and movies.

The related topic for this episode is The South China Sea Disputes – with Google Earth Pro video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q-v_DlTVeI

The YouTube video of only part 3 with Google Earth video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfOVZTItHjE

This episode is dedicated to Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Patricia Medina, and Richard Jaeckel.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

Full Episode (Parts 1/2/3) YouTube Video:

Separate Part 3 Google Earth YouTube Video:


Introduction: 0:00 – 2:11

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:11 – 10:16

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 10:16 – 41:01

Part 3 – Related Topic: 41:01 – 1:02:23

Closing: 1:02:23 – End


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G-Fest XXV (2018) Panel: Godzilla and the Japanese National Spirit

As promised, here’s the audio and video of our G-Fest Conference panel, which took place at 3:00pm (CDT) on July 13, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. We had a larger-than-expected turnout, including several attendees who were listeners and a university professor who was impressed with our presentation. If he was amazed, we know you’ll be, too!

In this, we discuss Godzilla (1954), The Return of Godzilla (1984), Shin Godzilla (2016), and Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), and the international relations issues that were surrounding them when they were made.

We introduce ourselves, the podcast, and its mission. Then Nate examines the 1954 and 1984 movies with respect to the JSDF, the US-Japan Alliance, and Japanese domestic issues. Brian then updates the audience on what has happened in Japan and the world between 1984 and 2016. Nate examines the 2016 movie across the same issues. Brian analyzes Godzilla vs. Gigan and all that the movie communicates to the audience about globalization. Brian finishes the panel by mentioning what all will happen to Japan in 2019 and 2020, and gives a spirited case for defending democracy.



Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Crowne Plaza O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois

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