Weirdest asian movies I've ever seen

by cait14 | created - 04 Jan 2011 | updated - 04 Jan 2011 | Public

Weird cinema is amazing and the asian market seems to do it far better (and more frequently) than the north american one... here is a list of the strangest most twisted films I have seen and could think of. List by release year (except for sequels I kept them together). I also tried to keep spoilers out of it... but sorry if I wrecked something as odd as these for you.

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1. Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror

After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi, Mitsuko Aoi

Votes: 1,073

Japanese Isle of Dr. Moreau... with butoh dancers... confused yet?

2. We're Going to Eat You (1980)

Unrated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A secret agent investigates a village that is populated by crazed, inbred cannibals.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Norman Chu, Eddy Ko, Melvin Wong, Michelle Yim

Votes: 703

On this list for a completely different reason than every other film on here save kung fu zombie... never before have I seen a movie about an island of cannibals that has a massive martial arts fight.. on rollerskates...

3. Kung Fu Zombie (1981)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A criminal comes to town in order to kill Billy Chong over a past dispute. But instead of getting his own hands dirty, he hires a Taoist wizard to animate some zombies to do the job for him... See full summary »

Director: Shan Hua | Stars: Billy Chong, Lau Chan, Kang-Yeh Cheng, Kei-Ying Cheng

Votes: 317

I admit I bought this for the title (kung fu zombie) and was expecting the worst movie ever... I was half right. Nothing about this looks like it had any production value but it is top quality grade d for comedy and sheer ridiculousness. Also the dubbed version has a character named Hamster.

4. Mr. Vampire (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror.

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Ricky Hui, Moon Lee

Votes: 3,109

This is the representative for all hopping vampire movies. This whole sub genre boggles my mind, but entertains me to no end. And yes there are many many more hopping vampire movies. Many are hard to track down because they all seem to have 100 possible titles.

5. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 17,020

All together weirdest movie I've ever seen, from story to the film making style. Completely worth watching to see the actual people take part in the stop motion chase scene on jet boots...

6. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 11,491

Cantonese prison film based on one of the most ridiculous mangas I've ever read. Full of guts, gore, and punching right through people...

7. Riki-Oh 2: Child of Destruction (1990 Video)

46 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Riki must enter into a fighting tournament to save his brother, Nachi from a madman general called Washizaki who has the magical sword power. The two fighters are reunited after many years. The story starts soon after the original movie.

Director: Satoshi Dezaki | Stars: Bin Shimada, Nobuyuki Furuta, Shûichi Ikeda, Kazue Ikura

Votes: 101

see above... except that it's the sequel...

8. Living Hell (2000)

R | 104 min | Horror

Family is the source of all evil, in this aspiring horror film which traces its descent from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre gore and the atmospheric Hammer films. Chiyo, an old woman and her ... See full summary »

Director: Shugo Fujii | Stars: Hirohito Honda, Yoshiko Shiraishi, Rumi, Kazuo Yashiro

Votes: 462

aka. harass the handicapped kid, toss a plate of worms in his lap and send his wheelchair rolling down the hill... i kinda feel like a bad person for writing that... which is why i suppose it made this list...

9. Versus (II) (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda

Votes: 11,953

One of my favorite films despite its "difficult" story line. Reading a little more about Japan's forest of death and how the immortal soul is thought to work in their culture makes it much easier to understand, but even if you don't want to do any extra research you'll still be smiling from the visuals and oddities of the story.

10. Wild Zero (1999)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Only legendary Japanese garage rock band Guitar Wolf can stand between a race of aliens from destroying earth with an army of zombies.

Director: Tetsuro Takeuchi | Stars: Guitar Wolf, Drum Wolf, Bass Wolf, Masashi Endô

Votes: 3,191

A Rock'n'roll zombie film at it's weirdest. Did you know your favortie rocker will randomly show up on a motorcycle and give you inspiration when you're down and out and fighting hordes of the undead?

11. Ichi the Killer (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 48,513 | Gross: $0.02M

Dark twisted and bloody to the max. That being said, possibly one of my all time favorite movies, Asano Tadenobu rocks his pimp suits like no other!

12. Suicide Club (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,276

I find it odd that such a serious social commentary about following along with others to fit in is nuts has a musical interlude of the weirdest rock band I've ever seen courtesy of Rolly. I suppose it's them proving they don't follow along either...

13. Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, Horror

59 Metascore

A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kazue Fukiishi, Tsugumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Shirô Namiki

Votes: 3,759

The followup to suicide club, still dealing with real life issues... in massively exaggerated terms.

14. A Snake of June (2002)

R | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Asuka Kurosawa, Yûji Kôtari, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yukino Asai

Votes: 3,643

A tale of sexual reawakening... and breast cancer. I'm still unsure if i like this or not. It left me going hmmm... what exactly did i just watch... also why?

15. Shôwa kayô daizenshû (2003)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Horror

One of a gang of karaoke loving middle aged women is murdered by a young man. Her friends track him down and kill him. His friends track them down and kill the killer ..... and it escalates!

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Kayoko Kishimoto, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Yôichirô Saitô

Votes: 399

(Karaoke Terror) on my dvd case. Middle aged women vs. college age boys, a tale of escalating revenge... and karaoke.

16. Casshern (2004)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Kumiko Asô, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi

Votes: 12,789

Based on 1973 anime of the same title. the plot is weird yet interesting, could have been better. Reminds me of a made for tv version of Bladerunner mixed with Howl's Moving Castle.

17. Three... Extremes (2004)

R | 125 min | Horror

66 Metascore

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park | Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-Hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa, Pauline Lau

Votes: 17,669 | Gross: $0.08M

3 mini movies, 3 countries, 3 directors, showing differences in cultural ideas of horror, all 3 segments are superbly strange in completely different ways. Be sure to watch Fruit Chan's dumplings the long cut (full 90 minute run time). Watch 3 extremes 2 for even more weirdness in the same format.

18. Werewolf Warrior (2004)

R | 97 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A werewolf samurai walks the countryside, finding himself in the middle of a village of monsters who feed on human flesh.

Director: Tomo'o Haraguchi | Stars: Ryûji Harada, Nozomi Andô, Tatsuo Higashida, Masara Ibu

Votes: 441

Starts out normally enough, a lone samurai, then we get to the yokai (demon) village and there are... spider geishas? Also this films perspective on monsters is interesting, watch it and you'll see...

19. Art of the Devil 2 (2005)

100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A group of high school friends reunite after two years when one of their fathers' committed suicide. They all spend the night at their friend's place. When darkness falls, strange things ... See full summary »

Directors: Pasith Buranajan, Kongkiat Khomsiri, Isara Nadee, Seree Phongnithi, Yosapong Polsap, Putipong Saisikaew, Art Thamthrakul | Stars: Napakpapha Nakprasitte, Hataiwan Ngamsukonpusit, Akarin Siwapornpitak, Chanida Suriyakompon

Votes: 1,298

Thai film dealing with cambodian curses, crazy women and carving spells into your own skin... I think the sequel is way weirder than the original.

20. Meatball Machine (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave "Necroborgs" will leave you dizzy and drained - in a good way.

Directors: Yudai Yamaguchi, Jun'ichi Yamamoto | Stars: Issey Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, Kenichi Kawasaki, Shôichirô Masumoto

Votes: 1,679

Carries on the age old weird tradition of monsters/aliens/metal that attach to people to make an Akira type monster. My dvd also has an introduction in the Mystery Science Theatre style...

21. The Last Supper (2005)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Yuji Kotorida has become plastic surgeon to the rich and famous - almost over night transforming himself from nebbish to charismatic icon. His secret? He eats women. In a flashback, we ... See full summary »

Director: Osamu Fukutani | Stars: Masaya Katô, Hitomi Miwa, Ayaka Maeda, Fumina Hara

Votes: 279

I think an equation could sum this one up. Plastic surgeon+ cannibalism= film oddity.

22. Chromartie High - The Movie (2005)

85 min | Comedy

A satire comedy of a misfit high school with punks, robots, gorillas and much more.

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Takamasa Suga, Ryûji Akiyama, Ruben Arvizu, Kai Atô

Votes: 351

Live action movie based on the Seinfeld of manga/ anime. A group of highschool students from cromartie high do very little and it's 100 percent amazing... Freddy mercury rides a horse and attends a japanese highschool and its also full of gorilla aliens and robots with little brothers....

23. Tokyo Zombie (2005)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A horror-comedy about two blue-collar factory workers (who happen to be jiu-jitsu experts) dealing with a ravenous, flesh-eating zombie uprising in Tokyo.

Director: Sakichi Sato | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Shô Aikawa, Erika Okuda, Arata Furuta

Votes: 1,840

A movie about the emotional side of becoming a zombie... with an afro...

24. Cinderella (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

The daughter of a plastic surgeon experiences strange events that seem to be connected her childhood.

Director: Man-dae Bong | Stars: Ah-yung Ahn, Gyu-ryun Ahn, Ji-won Do, So-min Jeon

Votes: 1,259

Plastic surgery+ dark haired ghost+ cinderella= this korean version... weird eh?

25. Zombie Self-Defense Force (2006)

Not Rated | 75 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Training mission turns to terror. A blood soaked battle against the living dead begins.

Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Kenji Arai, Norman England, Masayuki Hase, Yû Machimura

Votes: 400

There is just about nothing in this movie that makes any sense... at all... but I enjoy it every time I find someone who hasn't seen it and make them watch it.

26. Big Man Japan (2007)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Riki Takeuchi, Ua, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Votes: 3,156 | Gross: $0.04M

One of the weirdest monster movies ever made. Seriously my mind is still boggling.

27. Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Horror

About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

Directors: Sion Sono, Joe DiGiorgi, Tony Salerno | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Megumi Satô, Tsugumi, Eri Machimoto

Votes: 2,528

haunted hair extensions... nuff said. haair, haair, my haair haair....

28. Sick Nurses (2007)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Horror

A group of sexy nurses who harvest organs are haunted by the vengeful spirit of one of their dead patients.

Directors: Piraphan Laoyont, Thodsapol Siriwiwat | Stars: Chon Wachananon, Wichan Jarujinda, Chidjan Rujiphun, Kanya Rattapetch

Votes: 1,641

Exactly what it seems like it might be... only weirder than you might expect, even the "normal" characters.... wait... no one is normal at all in this they should all be in institutions for their various psychosis.

29. The Machine Girl (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Maimed while seeking revenge, a girl becomes stronger than ever.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Minase Yashiro, Asami, Nobuhiro Nishihara, Kentarô Shimazu

Votes: 9,384

Blood spattered revenge tale of the girl with a gatling gun attachment on her arm...

30. RoboGeisha (2009)

TV-MA | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

After receiving robotic implants, two sisters compete as assassins.

Director: Noboru Iguchi | Stars: Asami, Naoto Takenaka, Takumi Saitoh, Yoshihiro Nishimura

Votes: 2,229

Entering the twisted world of cyborg geisha assassins...

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