The Killing Bottle

Japanese title: 国際秘密警察 絶体絶命 (Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Zettai zetsumei / International Secret Police: Absolutely Dying).
Japanese release date: February 11, 1967.

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The English version was noted in UniJapan Film Quarterly 36 (April 1967) and Toho Films 1968.


An unreleased English dub of The Killing Bottle, written and directed by Peter Fernandez for an intended-yet-unrealized American release by Cineco Productions, is well-documented in U.S. trade publications from 1968 to 1970, but Fernandez’s version could not have been the English version offered by Toho. A Variety report on Cineco from May 6, 1968, indicates that Fernandez’s version had not yet been produced; this was more than a year after UniJapan 36 advertised a dubbed version in its entry on the film.

Furthermore, in India, the Central Board of Film Censors certified an English-dialogue version of The Killing Bottle on June 21, 1967, as noted in The Gazette of India (August 24, 1968). This document includes a brief transcription of English dialogue from the film, noting two lines to be removed:

Kitami: 'No more dames.'
Bartender: 'She's imported.'
Kitami: 'I stick to domestic stuff.'

An English-language trailer was certified on June 29, 1967, according to the same document. Both film and trailer were submitted for certification by Patel Enterprises of Bombay.


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