(Mostly) Forgettable Asian Movies of the 1970sby 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.
"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 »
"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.
"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 »
"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.
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.
"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 »
"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 »
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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 »
"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.
"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 »
"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 »
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.
"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.
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 »
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 »
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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 »
"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 »
"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 »
"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.
"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 »
"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.
"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.
"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 »
"Blood Brothers - Dynasty of Blood"
34. Mang jian xue di zi (1973)
90 min | Action, Adventure
"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.
"Sting of the Dragon Masters"
36. Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School (1973)
90 min | Action
"Girl Boss: Escape from Reform School"
37. Shuang long chu hai (1973)
A violent gangster's men are riding roughshod over local townsfolk. When they go too far, they incur the wrath of their vengeful victims.
"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.
"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.
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 »
"Breakout from Oppression"
41. Horror of the Wolf (1973)
78 min | Horror
A wolf finds himself transformed into a teenage boy.
"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.
"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.
"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 »
"Terrifying Girls High School 3: Delinquent Convulsion Group"
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.
"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 »
"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.
"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.
49. Dragon's Teeth (1974)
Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Drama