The Best Asian Movies of the 1970s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Although I have already incoporated some of the very best Asian movies cinema has to offer in my best of-lists of a decade there are plenty of films that are more than worthy to be discovered. The reason why I started a new series of listings is simply that many Asian movies are very different of what we came to know of from American or European cinema. To fully appreciate the films on this list you should be open-minded because some of the craziness that asian directors think of goes way beyond that of what Western movie makers churn out every year. But it is exactly that often groundbreaking craziness which makes movies from Asia that much fun.

As ususal, don't hesitate to leave a comment if you feel up to it.

PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.

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1. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.1
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Zatoichi tries to unrest the mob rule over a small village all while the gang leader's bodyguard is actually the Yojimbo, secretly taking the gang down from the inside. Will the two heroes realize in time that they are on the same side?

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shintarô Katsu, Ayako Wakao, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 1,916

"Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo"

2. Dodes'ka-den (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

7.5
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Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura, Shinsuke Minami

Votes: 4,959

"Dodeskaden"

3. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.5
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Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 897

"Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire"

4. Hîchirimen bâkuto - nôbarydu takahadâ (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.7
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 795

"Blind Woman's Curse"

5. The Heroic Ones (1970)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Han Chin, Lung Ti, Lily Li

Votes: 532

"The Heroic Ones"

6. Hibotan bakuto: oryû sanjô (1970)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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Oryu searches for a blind girl she left behind but gets involved in a Yakuza turf war.

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Tôru Abe, Bin Amatsu, Kanjûrô Arashi, Mikiko Asamatsu

Votes: 75

"Red Peony Gambler 5: Oryo Returns"

7. Hibotan bakuto: Tekkaba retsuden (1969)

110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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After collecting her sickly follower from jail, Oryu is taken in by a fishing village. Feeling indebed to their generosity, she stays to work for the village and promises to leave her ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Bin Amatsu, Hiroshi Arikawa, Daisuke Awaji, Tatsuko Azuma

Votes: 47

"Red Peony Gambler 6: Notorius Gambler"

8. Bakuto gaijin butai (1971)

93 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Tsunehiko Watase, Akiko Kudô

Votes: 676

"Sympathy for the Underdog"

9. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 20,341

"Fists of Fury"

10. King Eagle (1971)

80 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Reclusive hero Jin Fei, (Ti Lung) known as the King Eagle, inadvertently gets involved in the internal conflicts of the Tien Yi Tong sociaty, after he falls in love their 7th chief, Yuk Lin (Li Ching)

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Ching Lee, Lung Ti, Miao Ching, Pei-Shan Chang

Votes: 125

"King Eagle"

11. Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken (1971)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki, Michie Terada

Votes: 1,015

"Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman"

12. Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A Kung Fu artist sacrifices everything to avenge his father's execution.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Lung Ti, David Chiang, Ping Wang, Jeanette Yu Wei

Votes: 331

"The Duel"

13. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 3,889

"A Touch of Zen"

14. Demons (1971)

134 min | Drama, Horror

8.2
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After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Juro Kara, Yasuko Sanjo, Masao Imafuku

Votes: 1,297

"Shura - Demons"

15. Xin du bi dao (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Ching Lee, Lung Ti, Feng Ku

Votes: 1,029

"The New One Armed Swordsman"

16. Hibotan Bakuto: Oinochi Itadaki masu (1971)

93 min

7.1
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Oryu meets villagers whose crops and livelihoods are being damaged by air pollution from a local factory.

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Junko Fuji, Kôji Tsuruta, Katsutoshi Akiyama, Kanjûrô Arashi

Votes: 48

"Red Peony Gambler 7: Here to Kill You!"

17. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 2,368

"Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion"

18. Chou lian huan (1972)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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Chen Kuan-tai exuded incredible power on screen, which his directors used to great advantage in this fight-filled follow-up to the smash hit The Boxer From Shantung -- which culminates in ... See full summary »

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching, Mu Chu, Ching Tien

Votes: 165

"Man of Iron"

19. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

94 min | Action

6.8
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Hanzo Itami is an incorruptible Edo officer who learns that an infamous killer has fled from his island prison. Hanzo begins tracking him down using his unorthodox interrogation techniques.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiji Asaoka, Mari Atsumi, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 1,301

"Hanzo the Razor: The Sword of Justice"

20. Sacred Knives of Vengeance (1972)

R | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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Hsieh Choun, the Black Dragon, is in trouble with the police since Wang Sien Tien's gang is helping them; he is no longer free to conduct his drugs shipments out of the port freely as he ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Hua Tsung, Ping Wang, Han Chin, Miao Ching

Votes: 46

"Sacred Knives of Vengeance"

21. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure

7.9
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 5,318

"Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance"

22. The Chinese Connection (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.4
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 20,487

"The Chinese Connection - Fist of Fury"

23. Zatoichi at Large (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.2
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On the road, Zatoichi meets a dying pregnant woman and delivers the child moments before she passes. Honor bound, he sets out to find the next-of-kin who he discovers have their own problems.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Rentarô Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige, Etsushi Takahashi

Votes: 618

"Zatoichi at Large"

24. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Yukie Kagawa, Kayoko Shiraishi

Votes: 1,794

"Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion Part 2 - Jailhouse 41"

25. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 4,141

"Lone Wolf and Cub 2: Baby Cart at the River Styx"

26. Boxer from Shantung (1972)

Unrated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching, David Chiang, Mario Milano

Votes: 733

"Boxer from Shantung"

27. Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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After accidentally causing an old lady's death, Zatoichi seeks out her daughter to atone for the tragedy, consequently getting into all sorts of trouble.

Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Yoshizawa, Yasuhiro Koume

Votes: 647

"Zatoichi in Desperation"

28. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 3,391

"Lone Wolf and Cub 3: Baby Cart to Hades"

29. The Water Margin (1972)

R | 81 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Tells the story of the 108 Heroes who stood up against a corrupt government. Each hero has his own unique fighting skill, but they are all willing to die to uphold justice.

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao, Wu Ma | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Chung Wang

Votes: 509

"The Water Margin"

30. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.3
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A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 25,861

"The Way of the Dragon"

31. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action

7.7
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Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami's son, and sees his chance for revenge.

Director: Buichi Saitô | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yoichi Hayashi, Michi Azuma, Akihiro Tomikawa

Votes: 2,960

"Lone Wolf and Cub 4: Baby Cart in Peril"

32. Hibotan bakuto: Jingi tooshimasu (1972)

96 min | Crime

7.1
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Oryu the Red Peony visits an old dying Boss of an ally family and promises she would help guide the new Boss. Meanwhile a turf war breaks out. When the family is betrayed from within and ... See full summary »

Director: Buichi Saitô | Stars: Daisuke Awaji, Junko Fuji, Akira Hirasawa, Masao Hori

Votes: 34

"Red Peony Gambler 8: Execution of Duty"

33. One-Armed Boxer (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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After his schoolmate and master is killed and he loses an arm, student Tien Lung has to learn the art of one-arm boxing.

Director: Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, Yeh Tien, Hsin Tang, Fei Lung

Votes: 648

"The One-Armed Boxer"

34. Si qi shi (1972)

104 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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This prime example of director/co-writer Chang Cheh's mastery takes place right after the Korean War, as a kung-fu master, combat instructor, explosives expert, and missle specialist ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Chung Wang

Votes: 98

"Four Riders"

35. Chungyo (1972)

110 min | Horror

6.9
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A schoolgirl goes from braids to bouffant when her mother makes her a bar hostess/prostitute. She cures impotence for Professor Lee and becomes his concubine. His entrepreneurial wife is ... See full summary »

Director: Ki-young Kim | Stars: Kung-won Nam, Yeo-jeong Yoon, Gye-hyeon Jeon

Votes: 89

"The Insect Woman"

36. Five Fingers of Death (1972)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director: Chang-hwa Jeong | Stars: Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao, Chin-Feng Wang

Votes: 2,318

"Five Fingers of Death"

37. The Delightful Forest (1972)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure

6.9
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Wu Sung, a military swordmaster, is acused of murdering his adulterous sister-in-law and a thug, and sent to exile in Meng Chou. At the prison camp, Shih En, son of the camp commander, ... See full summary »

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Lung Ti, Mu Chu, Ching Tien, Feng Yu

Votes: 195

"Outlaw of the Forest"

38. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura

Votes: 2,538

"The Yakuza Papers: Battles Without Honor and Humanity"

39. Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Kei Satô

Votes: 615

"Zatoichi's Conspiracy"

40. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 9,249

"Lady Snowblood"

41. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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Five warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each holds a part of information needed to complete the assassination of a mad clan leader.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Michiyo Ohkusu, Akihiro Tomikawa, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 2,753

"Lone Wolf and Cub 5: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons"

42. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,098 | Gross: $25.00M

"Enter the Dragon"

43. Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô (1973)

R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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During the Meiji era, a gambler called Ocho takes revenge on three gangsters who killed her father, shelters a wanted anarchist and confronts a British spy.

Director: Noribumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Akemi Negishi, Ryôko Ema, Yôko Hori

Votes: 2,676

"Sex & Fury"

44. Gorugo 13 (1973)

104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.7
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Golgo 13 is assigned to murder a man named Boss Goa.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Mohsen Sohrabi, Jaleh Sam, Yadolla Shirandami

Votes: 151

"Golgo 13"

45. Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)

89 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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During the currency devaluation by the Edo treasury, officer Hanzo deals with a temple priestess who sells her pupils as prostitutes, and a notorious thief who plans to rob the mint.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Keiko Aikawa, Kazuko Inano, Keizô Kanie

Votes: 918

"Hanzo the Razor: The Snare"

46. Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki (1973)

81 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A nihilistic ronin joins the immoral Bohachi clan, which intends to take control over the local prostitution industry.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Gorô Ibuki, Tatsuo Endô, Ryôhei Uchida

Votes: 463

"Boachi Bushido: Code of the Forgotten Eight"

47. Yasagure anego den: sôkatsu rinchi (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Ocho gets abducted by a yakuza clan that uses a gang of women to smuggle drugs in their vaginas. Finding out that the kingpin had killed the last boss and abducted his daughter, Ocho joins forces with the drug mules against the clan.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Reiko Ike, Makoto Aikawa, Arumi Kuri, Meika Seri

Votes: 681

"Female Yakuza Tale"

48. Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Masakazu Tamura, Yumi Kanei, Hiroshi Tsukata

Votes: 717

"Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion Part 4 - Grudge Song"

49. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Reisen Ri, Yayoi Watanabe

Votes: 972

"Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion Part 3 - Beast Stable"

50. Hiroshima Death Match (1973)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A young criminal joins a yakuza family to kill the gangsters who beat him up, but falls in love with his boss' widow niece, piling up enemies and corpses along his wayward way.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Meiko Kaji, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 969

"The Yakuza Papers 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima"

51. Proxy War (1973)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Yakuza boss Shozo Hirono must choose his alliances carefully as the local gangster family affiliations prove themselves to be wildly unstable, causing gang conflicts to slowly escalate.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tsunehiko Watase, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 811

"The Yakuza Papers 3: Proxy War"

52. Zenka onna: koroshi-bushi (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.0
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After her father is exploited and killed by a yakuza gang, a tough woman, fresh out of prison, exacts her revenge over said gang with the help of three girls she met in prison.

Director: Atsushi Mihori | Stars: Reiko Ike, Miki Sugimoto, Chiyoko Kazama, Masami Sôda

Votes: 415

"Criminal Woman: Killing Melody"

53. The Street Fighter (1974)

X | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.1
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Tough karate master Terry Tsurugi takes it upon himself to protect a late businessman's daughter from the Yakuza.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Goichi Yamada, Etsuko Shiomi, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 3,901

"The Street Fighter"

54. Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974)

Unrated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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After a politician's daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless gang, a brutal policewoman is released from jail and sent after them.

Director: Yukio Noda | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Eiji Gô, Tetsurô Tanba, Hideo Murota

Votes: 710

"Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs"

55. Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Jûzô Itami, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 2,275

"Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance"

56. Kozure Ôkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigorô (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi, Gorô Mutsumi

Votes: 2,530

"Lone Wolf and Cub 6: White Heaven in Hell"

57. Shin jingi naki tatakai (1974)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.2
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Bunta Sugawara is Miyoshi, a low-level assassin of the Yamamori gang who is sent to jail after a bungled hit. While in stir, family member Aoki attempts to seize power from the boss, and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Nobuo Kaneko, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 147

"New Battles Without Honor and Humanity"

58. The Castle of Sand (1974)

143 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Gô Katô, Kensaku Morita, Yôko Shimada

Votes: 761

"The Castle of Sand"

59. The Last Samurai (1974)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Toranosuke Sugi, a brave and loyal Samurai, fights to practice and preserve his master's teachings amid a civil war. With friends on both side will he cave to temptation, or stand on principle and for freedom?

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Takahiro Tamura, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 248

"The Last Samurai"

60. 5 Masters of Death (1974)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Five students escape from the destruction of their beloved Shaolin Temple...now each must take revenge and train in their own seperate fighting styles...they will become The Five Shaolin Masters!!

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi

Votes: 801

"5 Shaolin Masters"

61. Police Tactics (1974)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Conflicts between Hirono's family and Yamamori's family (and their allies) are made more tense by the ambitious underlings and the police's efforts to impose a crackdown on the gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya, Toshio Kurosawa

Votes: 683

"The Yakuza Papers 4: Police Tactics"

62. Final Episode (1974)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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While Hirono is in prison, his rival Takeda turns his own crime organization into a political party, whose two executives stir up new tensions in their thirst for power.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroko Fuji, Seizô Fukumoto, Gorô Ibuki, Nobuo Kaneko

Votes: 626

"The Yakuza Papers 5: Final Episode"

63. Tian wang (1974)

122 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Director: Kang Cheng | Stars: Kang Cheng, Nan Chiang, Tao Chiang, Feng Chin

Votes: 28

"Kidnap"

64. Jingi no hakaba (1975)

94 min | Action, Crime

7.3
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A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa, Eiji Gô

Votes: 1,138

"Graveyard of Honor"

65. She sha shou (1974)

X | 99 min | Horror

6.4
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A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an unusual empathy with snakes. He can talk to them and they understand him, and eventually... See full summary »

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Kwok-Leung Gan, Lin Lin Li, Chun Chen, Hao Chen

Votes: 250

"The Killer Snakes"

66. Xue di zi (1975)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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Chen Kuan-tai battles assassins that use a deadly, beheading weapon to kill dissidents. Based on true events, the film's weapon was completely fabricated because in real life, no one ever ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Feng Ku, Hung Wei, Wu Chi Liu

Votes: 580

"The Flying Guillotine"

67. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

G | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth's cities. A traitorous scientist gives them a second weapon: Titanosaurus.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Tomoko Ai, Akihiko Hirata, Katsumasa Uchida

Votes: 3,061

"Mechagodzilla vs. Godzilla"

68. The Four Assassins (1975)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.7
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Four friends learn kung fu to avenge the death of their friend against the manchus.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Fu, Kuan-Chun Chi, Szu Shih, Richard Harrison

Votes: 231

"Four Assassins"

69. Head of the Boss (1975)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

7.2
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Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tsunehiko Watase, Yuriko Hishimi, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 117

"New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 2: The Head of The Boss"

70. Zhong lie tu (1975)

102 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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The emperor dispatches an officer and a small band of men to deal with pirates.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Ying Bai, Roy Chiao, Chia-Hsiang Wu

Votes: 214

"The Valiant Ones"

71. Dirty Ho (1976)

R | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Yue Wong, Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 723

"Dirty Ho"

72. Last Days of the Boss (1976)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang alliance that... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Isao Bitô, Takeo Chii, Takashi Ebata

Votes: 89

"New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3: Boss's Last Days"

73. Inugami-ke no ichizoku (1976)

146 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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After the death of the Father , His family are gathered to share Inheritances , but suddenly a woman with a mysterious masked man arrive there , claiming to be the other wife of the man ...

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yôko Shimada, Teruhiko Aoi, Mieko Takamine

Votes: 433

"The Inugami Family"

74. Hausu (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara

Votes: 13,403

"Hausu"

75. Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Bai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Yue Wong, Lily Li

Votes: 1,027

"Executioners from Shaolin"

76. Empire of Passion (1978)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.0
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A married woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body into a well. After a while, his ghost comes to haunt them while the local gossip grows stronger.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzô Kawatani

Votes: 2,849

"Empire of Passion"

77. Shao Lin san shi liu fang (1978)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chui

Votes: 11,644

"The 36th Chamber of Shaolin"

78. Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)

PG | 90 min | Action, Comedy

7.5
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Jackie Chan is a boy who is used as a janitor at his kung-fu school. Jackie Chan can't fight and is always getting bullied by the teachers and pupils. One day an old man helps Jackie train ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jang Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,774

"Snake in the Eagle's Shadow"

79. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action

7.2
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The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 4,731

"Five Deadly Venoms"

80. The Demon (1978)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

7.4
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When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata, Hiroki Iwase, Miyuki Yoshizawa

Votes: 554

"The Demon"

81. Clan of Amazons (1978)

88 min | Action, Mystery

6.5
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Following such hits as Killer Clans and Clans Of Intrigue, the winning team of director Chu Yuan and novelist Ku Lung reunite with revered martial art choreographers Tang Chia and Huang ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Tony Liu, Hua Yueh, Yun Ling, Li Ching

Votes: 110

"Clan of Amazons"

82. Zhong hua zhang fu (1978)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy

7.8
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A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata, Naozo Kato

Votes: 1,648

"Heroes of the East"

83. Xiao ao jiang hu (1978)

92 min | Action, Adventure

6.4
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Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Yue Wong, Michael Wai-Man Chan, Chung Wang, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung

Votes: 36

"The Proud Youth"

84. Tang lang (1978)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Shaolin Mantis (Orig. Tang lang) is a 1978 Shaw Brothers film directed by Lau Kar-leung. Starring David Chiang and Liu Chia Hui. Shaolin Mantis tells the story of a man who learns martial arts by observing a praying mantis.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: David Chiang, Cecilia Wong, Lily Li, Chia Yung Liu

Votes: 440

"Shaolin Mantis"

85. Can ku da ci sha (1978)

88 min | Action, Adventure

6.4
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The heroic Ma Teng has developed a counter to the Flying Guillotines attack, and when word reaches The Emperor, who is more bloodthirsty than ever, he creates a new deadlier version and ... See full summary »

Directors: Kang Cheng, Shan Hua | Stars: Feng Ku, Chung Wang, Hung Wei, Locke Hua Liu

Votes: 173

"The Flying Guillotine 2"

86. Can que (1978)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 1,752

"Crippled Avengers"

87. Xue fu rong (1978)

82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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While Ho Meng-hua didn't direct the like-titled sequel to his internationally popular Flying Guillotine, he did helm this exceptional follow-up, which stars the gorgeous Chen Ping as the ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Ping Chen, Hua Yueh, Lieh Lo, Norman Chui

Votes: 90

"The Vengeful Beauty - Bloody Hibiscus"

88. Sonagi (1979)

100 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Country boy Suk-ie learns the meaning of love and loss when he meets city girl Yeon-ie.

Director: Young Nam Ko | Stars: Yeong-su Lee, Yun-suk Jo, Shin-jae Kim

Votes: 127

"The Shower"

89. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 4,690

"Vengeance is Mine"

90. The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

R | 75 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang

Votes: 973

"The Kid with the Golden Arm"

91. Last Hurrah for Chivalry (1979)

106 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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A son tries to avenge his father, and gets two sword fighters to help him.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Damian Lau, Pai Wei, Chiu-Hua Wei, Kong Lau

Votes: 1,004

"Last Hurrah for Chivarly"

92. Lin Shi Rong (1979)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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A plump butcher student of Wong Fei Hung, Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as Five Dragons and is accused of raping the head of that school's ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Tak-Hing Kwan, Biao Yuen, Pai Wei

Votes: 1,772

"The Magnificent Butcher"

93. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy

7.0
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A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Ho Hsiao, Kara Hui, Lieh Lo

Votes: 750

"Mad Monkey Kung Fu"

94. Dabide no hoshi: Bishôjo-gari (1979)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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One dark and stormy night, a middle age prison escapee haphazardly breaks into the luxurious mason of a wealthy and privileged family and rapes the young wife in front of her bound husband.... See full summary »

Director: Noribumi Suzuki | Stars: Hiromi Namino, Natsuko Yashiro, Asami Ogawa, Shun Domon

Votes: 632

"Star of David: Beauty Hunting"