(Mostly) Forgettable Asian Movies of the 1990sby Akira_Chimera | created - 03 Jan 2014 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
Since I have already created lists concerning the lesser enjoyable movie output from the west, I decided to do something similar concerning movies from Asia.
I do not mean to say that the pictures on this list are an absolute waste of time. Some of them make great B-pictures or are just ridiculously entertaining - at least if you like to think of yourself as someone with an ancquired taste. Others, well, others don't have any redeeming quality whatsoever and are simply bad.
On a side note, I am very much aware that movies from Asia (especially Eastern Asia) can often be quirky, strange or just downright different. I took that into account upon giving my verdict, but more than often I stumbled across a movie which, at least for me, just didn't cut it.
So, have fun browsing through what I, at least in some cases, consider to be the bad, boring, superfluous and/or way over the top kind of movies and don't hesitate to let me know if you agree or disagree with my choices.
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. Hong Chang Fei Long (1990)
96 min | Action
"The Dragon from Russia"
2. Bandh Darwaza (1990)
Unrated | 145 min | Action, Drama, Horror
A wealthy male banishes a demon, but years later his very own daughter resurrects it.
"The Closed Door"
3. Gun gun hong chen (1990)
94 min | Romance, War
A talented lady novelist falls in love with a Chinese traitor working with the Japanese during the WWII.
4. Huang jia nu jiang (1990)
87 min | Action, Crime
Stright after her marriage Hong Kong officer Mina Kao faces dangerous case of vietnamese criminal refugees.
"She Shoots Straight"
5. Sai hak chin (1990)
TV-14 | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
An ex-cop and divorce lawyer team up with a gangster to clear their names after getting involved in a dirty money scheme led by a vicious money launderer, who plans to expand his business and wipe out anyone who stands in his way.
"Tiger Cage II"
6. Lao hu chu geng II (1990)
94 min | Action
"Tiger on the Beat II"
7. Huo shao dao (1990)
R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A cop goes undercover to infiltrate a deadly prison where a team of mercernaries is being assembled.
"Island on Fire"
8. Qu mo jing cha (1990)
87 min | Comedy, Horror
A former cop rejoins the police department to investigate a drug ring that employs ghosts and vampires.
9. Jin pai shi jie (1989)
87 min | Action
"Princess Madam - Under Police Protection"
10. Tai yang zhi zi (1990)
R | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cynthia Rothrock helps to protect a Buddhist boy from villains who wish to stop him from becoming the Prince of the Sun.
"Prince of the Sun"
11. Qin yong (1989)
145 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
China 2.200 years ago. It's the time of the Qin dynasty. The emperor seeks immortality by busily letting his alchemists search for a formula and building the famous terracotta army from the... See full summary »
"A Terra-Cotta Warrior"
12. Dou sing (1990)
101 min | Action, Comedy
A man discovers that his dumb, lovable nephew can see through objects and decides to unleash him into the world of gambling.
"All for the Winner"
13. Jing tian long hu bao (1990)
Unrated | 90 min | Action, Drama
"Lethal Panthers - Deadly China Dolls"
14. Saga of the Phoenix (1990)
93 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The Holy Maiden of Hell, Ashura possesses immense power that can destroy humanity. Buddhist monks trap her in a deep cave to keep her from falling into evil hands. Kindhearted Abbot Jiku grants her wish to enjoy the human world for 7 days.
"Saga of the Phoenix"
15. Zhuo gui he jia huan (1990)
96 min | Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Hung Ping is a "ghostbuster", vampire buster and scientist in early 20th century China. He's a very talented wizard but there's not much call for people in his line of work. He shares his ... See full summary »
16. Yi ben man hua: Chuang tian ya (1990)
93 min | Drama, Comedy, Action
A busboy who loves reading Manga comic books gives up his job to work for the Triad.
17. Huang jia shi jie zhi: Zhong jian ren (1990)
94 min | Action
When he is framed for being a spy because of his friend's illegal activities, David must escape from police, CIA, and assassins with the help of his cousin.
"In the Line of Duty 5: Middle Man"
18. Lung Fung cha lau (1990)
88 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Dragon, an ex-triad member, gets out jail and decides to go straight. However, his old friend Rubbish Pool and old boss Kent usually settles disputes with other gang leaders there, so Dragon has a hard time getting pass his old ways.
"Lung Fung Restaurant"
19. Zi dan chu zu (1990)
95 min | Action, Comedy
Two hitmen, both good friends who work for the Triad, get a new partner, a nervous young rookie who starts off badly by blowing an assignment, but soon becomes proficient at his bloody work... See full summary »
"Bullet for Hire"
20. A Killer's Romance (1990)
92 min | Action, Thriller
A triad assassin is sent to kill a female witness to a murder only to fall in love with her instead. A Hong Kong remake of the Japanese manga Crying Freeman.
"Crying Freeman - A Killer's Romance"
21. Jue qiao zhi duo xing (1990)
106 min | Action, Crime
"The Big Score"
22. Saang gong kei bing 4 (1990)
100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
"Long Arm of the Law 4: Underground Express"
23. Shi xiong zhuang gui (1990)
90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
After police officer Paio is murdered, his soul cannot be at rest for his murder has been written off as a suicide. Therefore the heavens send him back to Earth as a spirit to find his '... See full summary »
"Look Out, Officer!"
24. Rakkî sukai daiamondo (1990 Video)
60 min | Horror
A woman wakes up in a hospital and is terrorized by horrifying hallucinations and two sadistic doctors.
"Lucky Sky Diamond"
25. Wu di xing yun xing (1990)
90 min | Action, Comedy, Romance
The head of a rich family dies and in his will leaves his fortune to his daughter. His son is enraged and uses a rubbish collector who looks the same as his sister to steal the fortune. The... See full summary »
"When Fortune Smiles"
26. Jiang hu zui hou yi ge da lao (1990)
95 min | Action, Crime, Drama
27. Ninja Empire (1990)
78 min | Action
US federal agents call on a group of Ninjas to help them solve the dreadful murders of a bunch of young prostitutes.
28. Fu gui bing tuan (1990)
89 min | Action, Comedy
Set in China during the Japanese occupation. A young man breaks out of a POW camp to marry his sweetheart, but finds she is now a spy for the resistance, code-named "Number 3". With the ... See full summary »
"The Fortune Code"
29. Mong foo sing lung (1990)
95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A poor couple, Shui and Ti, try to make a life on their own. And through both of their hard work, Shui becomes a marketing executive, then his attitude begins to change.
"Love Is Love"
30. Xiao tou A Xing (1990)
Comedy, Crime, Mystery
A common thief and an employee of a Hong Kong stock company try to help an amnesia-plagued undercover cop to regain his memory and locate the whereabouts of the 50 million dollars cash used... See full summary »
31. Zhi zun ji zhuang yuan cai (1990)
108 min | Comedy, Drama
"No Risk, No Gain"
32. Man hua qi xia (1990)
87 min | Horror
The Little Princess and her bodyguard Jiang travel 200 years from the past to the present day. They are relentlessly pursued by the evil General Shea Hai, a vicious and seemingly ... See full summary »
"A Tale from the East"
33. Chi se da feng bao (1990)
89 min | Action, Thriller
A Hong Kong police officer's wife seeks revenge when a ruthless munitions smuggler kidnaps her daughter.
34. 964 Pinocchio (1991)
97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Pinocchio 964, lobotomised cyborg sex slave, is thrown out onto the street by his owners because of his inability to maintain an erection. He is befriended by a criminally insane, ... See full summary »
35. Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko (1991)
89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance ... See full summary »
"Hiruko - The Goblin"
36. The Guyver (1991)
PG-13 | 88 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Comedy
A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »
37. Leng mian ju ji shou (1991)
98 min | Action
James and John are working in the Commercial Crime Bureau. Jointly they look into a case of which the suspect is an influential rich business man called Lee. James has a girl friend called ... See full summary »
"Tiger Cage III"
38. Hei mao (1991)
91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Catherine is a violent and disturbed young lady who is shot down by the government in one of her escapades. She wakes up in a training facility and is taught to use weapons, combat, and is ... See full summary »
39. Liao zhai yan tan xu ji zhi wu tong shen (1991)
96 min | Fantasy, Horror
Wu Tung, the lascivious god of Carnal Desire, falls for one of his conquests, only to see her destroyed by other jealous gods. Distraught, he demands the girl's village to send him a virgin every month or face his wrath.
"Erotic Ghost Story 2"
40. Jiang shi fu xing zi (1991)
85 min | Comedy, Horror
A tourist group is forced by an accident to stay at a deserted village. The travelers discover a big diamond and steal it. Unfortunately, the diamond is cursed and enables a monster to gain... See full summary »
41. Xin jing wu men 1991 (1991)
96 min | Action, Comedy
Chinese Mainlander Lau Ching (Stephen Chow) comes to Hong Kong to find his cousin. There, he meets street smart wise-guy Smartie (Kenny Bee), who tries to help Ching get into a martial arts... See full summary »
"Fist of Fury 1991"
42. Ng foo cheung: Kuet lit (1991)
100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Cops find their careers and their lives in jeopardy when they spend a gangster's bribe money after releasing him from custody during a drug bust.
43. Chô shôjo Reiko (1991)
100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Alisa took the role of a supernatural girl, Reiko. This girl later killed a ghost in the campus.
"Psychic Girl Reiko"
44. Du ba (1991)
Action, Comedy, Romance
Taiwanese triad leader Chung Chan (Jeffrey Lau) demands that the Saint of Gamblers, Chow Sing Cho (Stephen Chow), play cards for him at an upcoming gambling tournament - at the stake of his... See full summary »
"The Top Bet"
45. Dou hap (1990)
99 min | Action, Comedy
Wong Jing's sequel to All for the Winner and spin-off to God of Gamblers finds Chow Sing Cho looking up to Michael "Dagger" Chan in order to become Ko Chun's next disciple, but the two must... See full summary »
"God of Gamblers II"
46. Yumeji (1991)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
Painter and poet Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934) gets involved with a beautiful widow, becoming a rival of her dead husband's ghost and the jealous lover who murdered him.
47. Gau yat: San diu hap lui (1991)
92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong ... See full summary »
"Saviour of the Soul"
48. A Scene at the Sea (1991)
101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.
"A Scene at the Sea"
49. Mo hua qing (1991)
86 min | Fantasy, Romance
Shing (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is a artist draws his dream girl Ching Ching (Joey Wang) in a comic strip, When he gets into an accident she is thrown into the real world.
50. Zi zeon mou soeng II - Wing baa tin haa (1991)
91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The Love and Animosities of three men... who will win in the end?
"Casino Raiders 2"
51. No foh wai lung (1991)
89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Two cops search for a mysterious crystal with healing powers to cure a sick old man. On the trail they come up against a team treasure hunter/smugglers with impressive combat skills and big guns.
52. Batoru gâru: Tokyo crisis wars (1991 Video)
Not Rated | 73 min | Action, Horror
When a meteor crashes into Tokyo Bay, a toxic cloud covers the city and a new, alien virus causes the dead to walk and feast on the living. To make matters worse, punk gangs terrorize the ... See full summary »
"Battle Girl: Tokyo Crisis Wars"
53. The Holy Virgin vs. the Evil Dead (1991)
92 min | Action, Horror
Professor Shiang's female students are chewed apart by the moon monster. At first, Shiang is a police suspect, but as the corpses mount, the cops realize that there are supernatural forces at work.
"Holy Virgin vs- The Evil Dead"
54. Tu ying dang an (1991)
A beautiful detective is assigned to bring down a gang of drug traffickers.
55. Hei se zou lang (1994)
A reformed former drug kingpin (Bruce Le) goes undercover to investigate a newly opened opium route going through Mainland China.
56. Qian wang 1991 (1991)
"The Great Pretenders"
57. Di xia bing gong chang (1991)
92 min | Action
Hong Kong policewoman Yeung teams up with Taiwanese and Mainland officers to take down a gunrunning ring.
58. Si da tan zhang (1991)
59. Qian ren zhan (1991)
105 min | Action, Fantasy
An executioner beheads his 1000th criminal, and unleashes a demon army headed by an evil witch called the Blood Lotus.
60. Fei zhou he shang (1991)
96 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Two guys, one of them a magician, are transporting an ancient chinese vampire who can only be controlled by a series of yellow tapes, and is the ancestor of the other guy. On the way, while... See full summary »
"The Gods Must Be Crazy III: Crazy Safari"
61. Long de chuan ren (1991)
96 min | Comedy
Stephen Chow leaves for the big city to try and save his home by winning the huge snooker tournament.
"Legend of the Dragon"
62. Huo zhong (1991)
93 min | Action, Thriller
When teens help a friend who's been forced into prostitution they upset some very dangerous people. With the help of a renegade cop a bloody war ensues with tragic consequences.
"Angel Terminators 2"
63. Dou hap II: Seung Hoi taam dou sing (1991)
116 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
This film focuses on the disciple of the God of Gamblers, Chow Sing Cho, also known as the "Saint of Gamblers". A group of people with telekinetic powers matching his attack him and his ... See full summary »
"God of Gamblers 3 - Back to Shanghai"
64. Jing gu jyun ga (1991)
110 min | Comedy, Romance
A trickster-for-hire, known as the Tricky Expert, is hired to ruin the lives of a father and son by making them think that he's a part of the family.
65. Ching sing (1991)
96 min | Comedy, Crime
Valentino is a mediocre con artist who crosses paths with Kwan, a fellow con artist. Together, they impersonate various people and create numerous schemes to make money. Meanwhile, gangsters are making a scheme of their own.
"The Magnificent Scoundrels"
66. Hai lang (1991)
90 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Madam Yeung is assigned to investigate a serial murder in a Philippine cargo ship anchored in Hong Kong.
"In the Line of Duty 7: Sea Wolves"
67. Mo yu fei long (1991)
91 min | Action
"Stone Age Warriors"
68. Godfathers of Hong Kong (1991)
94 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
When the boss of a highly profitable Triad family is forced to flee from Hong Kong, rival gangs swoop in to steal any piece of the action they can. York Koo (Andy Lau) becomes the family's ... See full summary »
"Godfathers of Hong Kong"
69. Lie huo wei qing (1991)
70. Meng gui ru qin hei she hui (1991)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A woman who is in debt to loan sharks is about to commit suicide to escape her debts. Two ghosts are waiting to take her soul when she dies, but at the last moment she is rescued by a ... See full summary »
"My Flying Wife"
71. Lu ding ji (1992)
R | 106 min | Action, Comedy
The story of Wilson Bond, a pimp who after saving Chan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth society, a revolutionary group, is made a member. After a botched first assignment for the group, ... See full summary »
72. Twin Dragons (1992)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Comedy
Two twins are separated at birth, one becoming a streetwise mechanic and the other an acclaimed classical concert conductor. Finally meeting in adulthood they each become mistaken for the other and entangled in each other's world.
Votes: 9,449 | Gross: $8.33M
73. Sam sei goon (1992)
PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
A shyster with an equally eccentric kung-fu ace of a wife manage to bring justice to the court.
"Justice My Foot"
74. Lu ding ji II: Zhi shen long jiao (1992)
R | 93 min | Action, Comedy
Following on from the Royal Tramp I, after discovering that the Empress is actually Lone-er, a member of the St Dragon Sect, and that she imprisoned the real empress. Lone-er is bent on ... See full summary »
"Royal Tramp II"
75. Fei hu jing ying zhi ren jian you qing (1992)
PG-13 | 96 min
"Best of the Best"
76. Hei mao zhi ci sha Ye Li Qin (1992)
90 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Scientists install a micro chip, called Black Cat, inside the brain of a violence prone girl named Catherine in an attempt to refine and control her fits of rage. Their plan is to turn her ... See full summary »
"Black Cat 2"
77. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.
"Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth"
78. Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)
96 min | Action, Drama, Horror
In the spring of 1945, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic ... See full summary »
"Men Behind the Sun 2: Laboratory of the Devil"
79. Jigoku no keibîn (1992)
96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A woman begins working at the same company as a security guard that she believes might be a former sumo wrestling serial killer.
"The Guard From Underground"
80. Evil Dead Trap 2 (1992)
97 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A female projectionist is apparently a serial killer.
"Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki"
81. Chik loh go yeung (1992)
R | 89 min | Action, Crime, Romance
A young woman is trained by a martial arts specialist to become a professional assassin.
Votes: 1,909 | Gross: $0.03M
82. Liao zhai san ji zhi deng cao he shang (1992)
94 min | Drama
A man is drawn into the world of the afterlife where he falls for a powerful woman.
"Erotic Ghost Story 3"
83. Lao mao (1992)
89 min | Sci-Fi
An adaptation of the novel Old Cat, by Ni Kuang. A cat from outer space teams up with a young alien girl and her knight, along with an adventure novelist named Wisely, to fight a murderous alien that possesses people.
"The Cat - Nine Lives"
84. Faa gaai kwong ban (1992)
97 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Hung's lover Sam doesn't know that Hung is actually a hooker. He gets involved with a jewelry store robbery and has to hide at Hung's house for a while. Hung tries to hide her profession from Sam, this is where the truth starts unfolding.
"Escape from Brothel"
85. Deadend Besiegers (1992)
80 min | Action, Comedy
"Deadend of Besiegers"
86. Huang Fei Hong xiao zhuan (1992)
93 min | Action, Comedy
A spoof of the legendary martial arts icon Wong Fei-Hung, this action comedy finds Fei-Hung (Alan Tam) being challenged to duels by the crafty Ken Shek (Tony Leung Ka Fai). However, ... See full summary »
"Once Upon a Time a Hero in China"
87. Shen qiang shou yu Ka li ji (1992)
93 min | Action, Comedy
"Pom Pom and Hot Hot"
88. Ya Fei yu Ya Ji (1992)
91 min | Comedy
"Days of Being Dumb"
89. Zai shi zhui hun (1993)
85 min | Crime, Horror
A robber is arrested and his two siblings are shot dead by a cop. Same day, the cop's wife gives birth to twins. The babies have birthmarks on their foreheads, which just like the wounds on the two dead robbers.
90. Tai zi ye chu chai (1992)
A young US cop and a young HK cop, who are both from rich families, work together in a drug case and become best friends and partners.
"Freedom Run Q"
91. Lucky Encounter (1992)
88 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Two inventors encounter a friendly little ghost, and stumble onto a plot to capture the ghost's uncle who was responsible for his untimely death. However, the inventors are warned by a ... See full summary »
92. To hok wai lung 2 (1992)
106 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
On the course of a case involving terrorists, Sing has been demoted to traffic duty. After feeling insulted being assigned to traffic duty, he quits the police force. Having no money left ... See full summary »
"Fight Back to School 2"
93. Shen suan (1992)
100 min | Comedy, Crime
A fortune teller (Michael Hui), who gives pretentious forecasts, was investigated by a revenue agent (Leon Lai) for failing to pay his taxes. However, the teller's lucky break came when he ... See full summary »
"The Magic Touch"
94. Long hang tian xia (1992)
R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who... See full summary »
95. 92 Legendary La Rose Noire (1992)
100 min | Action, Comedy, Musical
The film is about a movie hero of the 60s called Black Rose, but she was actually real, and a woman in the 90s is mistaken for her because she's in the wrong place at the wrong time and ... See full summary »
"92 Black Rose vs. Black Rose"
96. Ooru naito rongu (1992)
90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Three Japanese youths descend into the violent realm of the Tokyo night life after witnessing a brutal murder.
"All Night Long"
97. Man hua wei long (1992)
93 min | Action, Comedy
After the total defeat of Cheung Wai (Ming Wan Yeueng) in a boxing match with Lau Ching (Stephen Chow), his brother Cheung Wan To (Wah Yuen) and his gang are out to seek revenge against ... See full summary »
"Fist of Fury II"
98. Nv xiao feng yun: Xie jiao ru qin (1992)
97 min | Action, Horror
A detective investigating a student's suicide discovers it is connected to a secret Satanic cult.
99. Double Cross (1992)
108 min | Drama, Action, Crime
100. Zhi fa wei long (1992)
Tung/Torres (Dion Lam), a vicious Filipino-Chinese drug dealer in Hong Kong, is caught by Chief Inspector Leung (Waise Lee). Cynthia ('Yukari Ôshima') and Lung (Robin Shou) is tasked to ... See full summary »