(Mostly) Forgettable Asian Movies of the 1970s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 03 Jan 2014 | updated - 1 month 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. Gamera vs. Monster X (1970)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Family

When an ancient statue is moved for display in Expo '70, a giant, vaguely Triceratops-like monster is released. The monster goes to Japan in pursuit of the statue and ends up battling Gamera, the giant flying turtle.

Director: Noriaki Yuasa | Stars: Tsutomu Takakuwa, Kelly Varis, Katherine Murphy, Kon Ohmura

Votes: 867

"Gamera vs. Monster X"

2. Space Amoeba (1970)

G | 84 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Atsuko Takahashi, Yukiko Kobayashi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 865

"Yog: Monster from Space"

3. The Vampire Doll (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

Keiko and her friend are trying to find her missing brother after he disappeared visiting his girlfriend Yuko.

Director: Michio Yamamoto | Stars: Kayo Matsuo, Akira Nakao, Atsuo Nakamura, Yukiko Kobayashi

Votes: 521

"Fear of the Ghost House: Bloodsucking Doll"

4. The Hammer of God (1970)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The golden age of kung-fu film's first superstar Jimmy Wang Yu (even before Bruce Lee) wrote, directed and starred in his classic favorite of a noble young martial arts student who won't ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao

Votes: 475

"The Chinese Boxer"

5. Devil Woman (1973)

97 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A Kung Fu master battles Bruka the evil snake queen with her army of snakes and savage little people.

Directors: Felix Villar, Chi-Lien Yu | Stars: Alex Tzi-Fei Lung, Rosemarie Gil, Etang Discher, Yukio Someno

Votes: 75

"Devil Woman"

6. Kimi ga wakamono nara (1970)

89 min | Action, Crime

Riveting story of five kids who come to Tokyo for work in 1960. Fukasaku shows the shocking consequences for these idealistic youths whose dreams are soon torn apart in the chaos of class turmoil and youthful indiscretion.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuo Ishidate, Gin Maeda, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Hideki Hayashi

Votes: 194

"If You Were Young: Rage"

7. The Deadly Duo (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Drama

A prince of the Sung Dynasty has been taken prisoner by Ching invaders and is being held in an impenetrable fortress by elite men of the Ching. A group of fighters loyal to the Sung set out... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Feng Ku, Lei Cheng

Votes: 396

"The Deadly Duo"

8. Queen Bee Strikes Again (1971)

Action, Crime, Drama

In the 1970s, the Japanese youth emancipation also found it's way into the yakuza (crime) societies. A Girl Boss may have a choice between bikes, and between boyfriends. But she has to ... See full summary »

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Yukie Kagawa, Shinsuke Taki, Hiroshi Miyauchi

Votes: 110

"Queen Bee Strikes Again"

9. Invincible Super Chan (1971)

TV-PG | 90 min | Adventure, Action, Fantasy

After taking on an entire army to avenge the murder of his master, a tenacious kung fu swordsman (Tang Wei) is forced out of retirement to fight again.

Director: Yang Sun | Stars: Hsiang Chin Han, David Wei Tang, Yang Yang, Chin Chi

Votes: 115

"The Invincible Super Chan"

10. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

G | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Director: Yoshimitsu Banno | Stars: Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, Hiroyuki Kawase, Toshio Shiba

Votes: 3,945

"Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster"

11. Lake of Dracula (1971)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

A doctor investigates the murders of several women at a lakeside resort. His investigation leads him to believe that a vampire is responsible for the murders. He sets out to track the vampire down.

Director: Michio Yamamoto | Stars: Midori Fujita, Chôei Takahashi, Sanae Emi, Shin Kishida

Votes: 470

"Lake of Dracula"

12. Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

Space aliens arrive on Earth with their giant shark and intend to take over the planet but they must first destroy Gamera.

Director: Noriaki Yuasa | Stars: Kôji Fujiyama, Daigo Inoue, Reiko Kasahara, Daihachi Kita

Votes: 1,137

"Gamera vs. Zigra"

13. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A man begins to suspect that something is wrong about his employers; meanwhile, Godzilla and Anguirus are alerted to something strange going on.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Yuriko Hishimi, Minoru Takashima, Tomoko Umeda

Votes: 3,522

"Godzilla vs. Gigan"

14. Hapkido (1972)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama

Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair... See full summary »

Director: Feng Huang | Stars: Angela Mao, Carter Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Han Jae Ji

Votes: 617

"Lady Kung Fu"

15. Ginchô wataridori (1972)

86 min | Action, Drama

Nami is an ex-convict who becomes a hostess to support a sick woman who bailed her out. In doing so, she gets involved in a local gangster's scheme to take over the bar she works for.

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Tsunehiko Watase, Akiko Koyama

Votes: 229

"Wandering Ginza Butterfly"

16. Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler (1972)

86 min | Action, Crime

Nami(played by Meiko Kaji) returns to Tokyo to find the man who killed her father 13 years ago. On the way she saves a young woman named Hanae who's father had sold her for prostitution. ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Shin'ichi Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro, Fujio Suga

Votes: 133

"Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler"

17. Deep Thrust (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama

Tien arrives in town looking to exact revenge on Ling for abandoning her pregnant sister and thus driving said sister to commit suicide. Although Tien agrees to help Ling take down the ... See full summary »

Director: Feng Huang | Stars: Angela Mao, Yi Chang, Ying Bai, Kyung-Ah Oh

Votes: 152

"Lady Whirlwind"

18. Blood on the Sun (1972)

R | 94 min | Action

During WWII the Japanese occupied most of China and used the people for forced labor. They were notoriously cruel and some Chinese rose in resistance.

Directors: Sheng-Yuan Sun, Ting Mei Sung | Stars: Ching Ching Chang, Peng Tien, Hsiao-Ping Yang, Yuan Yi

Votes: 73

"The Big Fight"

19. Hellish Love (1972)

67 min | Romance, Horror

Based on a traditional Japanese ghost story, the movie follows a man who falls deeply in love with a mysterious woman, only to find she belongs to the world of the dead.

Director: Chûsei Sone | Stars: Setsuko Ogawa, Hidemi Hara, Hajime Tanimoto, Hyôe Enoki

Votes: 103

"Hellish Love"

20. The Lizard (1972)

Action, Comedy, Crime

The following content was provided by the publisher: In Shanghai, police are baffled by a cunning thief known as "The Lizard", a modern day Robin Hood who steals from the corrupt upper ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Connie Chan, Tien Lung Chen, Kang-Yeh Cheng, Shao-Lin Chiang

Votes: 65

"The Lizard"

21. The Ghostly Face (1972)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Ghost-Face man seems to perform good deeds, but a girl swore to find him and to kill him, because she saw him killing her father and stole a precious sword from her village's temple. ... See full summary »

Directors: Sai King Yang, Shih-Ching Yang | Stars: Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan, Lang-Fung Chang, Bao-Liang Chen, Chih Chen

Votes: 34

"The Ghostly Face"

22. Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972)

127 min | Horror

Eerie things start happening after a disloyal wife kills her handicapped husband with the help of her lover.

Director: Tulsi Ramsay | Stars: Surendra Kumar, Pooja, Imtiaz, Shobhna

Votes: 71

"Two Yards Under the Ground"

23. Kyôfu joshikôkô: Onna bôryoku kyôshitsu (1972)

79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Delinquent girl boss meets and conflicts with an orphan girl who lives an isolated life after the dramatic deaths of her parents. She plays the piano, but stands up against her lecherous guardian, who is also a school official.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Natsuko Miura, Masataka Naruse, Ryôko Ema

Votes: 50

"Terrifying Girls High School: Women's Violent Classroom"

24. Hei ming dan (1972)

85 min | Action

Two trained ninja fighters take on a gang of thugs; a big city crime boss and his death and destruction.

Director: Mar Lo | Stars: Sing Chen, Ming Shih, Yung Henry Yu, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 41

"Ninja Blacklist"

25. Sukeban gerira (1972)

84 min | Action

Members of the Red Helmet biker girl gang wind up in Kyoto, where they get into conflict with other girl gangs and local yakuza thugs.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Emi Jô, Linda Kimoto

Votes: 514

"Girl Boss Guerilla"

26. Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge (1972)

84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When two Girl Bosses fight each other over territory, their enmity is difficult to solve - they are equals in looks, strength, determination, and power of their respective girl gangs. So, ... See full summary »

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Chiyoko Kazama, Asao Koike, Ichirô Araki

Votes: 67

"Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge"

27. Tidal Wave (1973)

PG | 82 min | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Drama

Racked by earthquakes and volcanos, Japan is slowly sinking into the sea. A race against time and tide begins as Americans and the Japanese work together to salvage some fraction of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Shirô Moritani, Andrew Mayer | Stars: Lorne Greene, Keiju Kobayashi, Rhonda Leigh Hopkins, Hiroshi Fujioka

Votes: 298

"Submersion of Japan"

28. Ding tian li di (1973)

R | 87 min | Action, Drama, War

Historical movie, set during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII, in which a group of Chinese rebels tries to oust the Japanese forces from a small town. Jackie Chan is one of the ... See full summary »

Director: Mu Chu | Stars: Ching Wong, Qiu Yuen, Yang Kao, Jackie Chan

Votes: 604

"Fist of Anger"

29. Karado: The Kung Fu Flash (1973)

R | 86 min | Action, Drama

Ah Lung is a decent Law biding citizen armed with deadly martial arts skills he discovers he has a brother who is a gangster, Man Ho.

Director: Joseph Kong | Stars: Lik Cheung, Yeh Fang, Bolo Yeung, James Nam

Votes: 35

"Super Kung Fu Kid"

30. A Man Called Tiger (1973)

Not Rated | 76 min | Action, Adventure

A young man, Chin Fu, suspects his father's suicide was actually a murder committed by gangsters. With his expertise in martial arts, Chin Fu is hired as a strong arm man by a rival gang of... See full summary »

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Kawai Okada, Maria Yi, James Tien

Votes: 59

"A Man Called Tiger"

31. The Bamboo House of Dolls (1973)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A nurse in a Japanese women's POW camp during World War II masterminds an escapee.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Birte Tove, Lieh Lo, Hsieh Wang, Terry Liu

Votes: 424

"Bamboo Women's Prison"

32. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The undersea nation of Seatopia sends the gigantic Megalon to destroy the world above - and it's up to Godzilla and a size-shifting robot, Jet Jaguar, to defeat him.

Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Katsuhiko Sasaki, Hiroyuki Kawase, Yutaka Hayashi, Robert Dunham

Votes: 4,366

"Godzilla vs. Megalon"

33. Dynasty of Blood (1973)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama

Assassin Chang and his brother Hung meet up with a soldier, Mu. Together, they form a small mountain army, but when Hung's wife arrives, emotions swell, and Mu leaves for the army. After ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching

Votes: 621

"Blood Brothers - Dynasty of Blood"

"Zatoichi and the Flying Guillotine"

35. Tai quan zhen jiu zhou (1973)

R | 95 min | Action, War, Drama

During the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930's, the leader of a small resistance movement attempts to get information to sympathizers in China.

Director: Feng Huang | Stars: Angela Mao, Jhoon Rhee, Carter Wong, Ing-Sik Whang

Votes: 167

"Sting of the Dragon Masters"

"Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School"

37. Shuang long chu hai (1973)

Action, Drama

A violent gangster's men are riding roughshod over local townsfolk. When they go too far, they incur the wrath of their vengeful victims.

Director: Feng Yueh | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Sing Chen, Hsiao-Chuang Kuo, Ying Fung Chen

Votes: 18

"The Two Cavaliers"

38. Meng jiao di she long nu (1973)

93 min | Action

Chang Chen-Wai, a martial arts expert who runs a jade-importing business, follows his missing brother to Thailand and learns he has been murdered. Chang vows revenge.

Director: Ling Shang | Stars: Michael Wai-Man Chan, Chia-Lin Sun, Pailot Chaising, Tip Lan Wang

Votes: 71

"Spirit of Bruce Lee"

39. Infernal Street (1973)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action

A Chinese doctor's assistant fights the morphine-dealing criminals who run a Japanese nightclub.

Director: Chiang Shen | Stars: Tien-Lung Yu, Ching-Ping Wang, Feng Chang, Shao Chun Chang

Votes: 75

"Infernal Street"

40. Zui jia bo sha (1973)

78 min | Action

The hero visits a town and meets a woman whose daughters were killed. He seeks the murderers, eventually encountering three men who he initially believes are the killers, though he learns ... See full summary »

Directors: Chia-Hui Liu, Chia-Liang Liu, Fan Yang | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Dean Shek, Paul Chun, Lin Lin Li

Votes: 25

"Breakout from Oppression"

41. Horror of the Wolf (1973)

78 min | Horror

A wolf finds himself transformed into a teenage boy.

Director: Masashi Matsumoto | Stars: Tarô Shigaki, Yôko Ichiji, Michiko Honda, Yûsaku Matsuda

Votes: 29

"Crest of the Wolf"

42. Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A group of girls find themselves immersed in an Osaka gangland war when they escape from a detention transport. They form their own gang called The Gypsies.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Misuzu Ôta, Hiromi Sairaiji

Votes: 233

"Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban"

43. Kyôfu joshikôkô: Bôkô rinchi kyôshitsu (1973)

88 min | Action, Crime

Three new students at a super strict girls' school face off against the oppressive administration, a corrupt politician and a sadistic student discipline brigade.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Seiko Saburi, Misuzu Ôta

Votes: 653

"Terrifying Girls' High School 2: Lynch Law Classroom"

44. Kyofu joshikôkô: Furyo monzetsu guruupu (1973)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A nasty schoolgirl does what she pleases, under the protection of her father, who is the school principal. Another girl is not so nasty, but she is determined and tough enough to contest ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shimura | Stars: Reiko Ike, Yûko Kanô, Hiroshi Nawa, Jun Aida

Votes: 23

"Terrifying Girls High School 3: Delinquent Convulsion Group"

45. Terrifying Girls' High School: Animal Courage (1973)

86 min | Crime

Reiko Ike is back as a tough schoolgirl who eventually has to band together with her enemies to upset the reign of their private Catholic high school administration where institutionalized sexual abuse is endemic.

Director: Masahiro Shimura | Stars: Reiko Ike, Ryôko Ema, Natsuko Yashiro, Akemi Kasuga

Votes: 30

"Terrifying Girls High School 4: Animal Courage"

46. Sister Street Fighter (1974)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime

Lee Long is a martial-arts champion who the police use as an undercover agent to infiltrate a drug ring responsible for importing heroin from Japan to Hong Kong. When he is identified and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Etsuko Shihomi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Asao Uchida, Sanae Ôhori

Votes: 1,080

"Sister Street Fighter"

47. Snake Fist Fighter (1973)

R | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A old beggar from the woods secretly teaches Chien Fu kung fu as he can't afford regular classes and his "dad" doesn't want him fighting. He grows up, works as waiter and ends up fighting men from his town's crime syndicate.

Directors: Mu Chu, Hai-Feng Wei | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Hung Lieh Chen, Dean Shek

Votes: 1,593

"Snake Fist Fighter"

48. Kung Fu Invaders (1974)

R | 93 min | Action, Drama, History

Hung escapes Shaolin after the temple is attacked by the Ching, only to be jailed with the help of Fang (also of Shoalin) who mistakes him for a bandit. Fang must now help Hung escape so they can challenge the Ching together.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Sheng Fu, Hsin Fang, Hark-On Fung

Votes: 409

"Heroes Two"

49. Dragon's Teeth (1974)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Drama