We have looked at lost Asian films previously, in doing the research for that list I came across many more equally interesting, well at least close to as interesting as Batman Fights Dracula. These movies represent ten more lost golden jewels form Asia we want to see but unfortunately we will be left in continued suspense probably forever.
I can’t find anything about this movie but its name translates into biting ghost so… ugh a movie about biting ghosts? That came out in India. That’s all I have. Sounds interesting.
A 1923 romance film written and directed by Henry MacRae The film is a romance about a young woman named Suwanna who is the object of affection for many men. In her search for true love, she has many adventures and mishaps, including overcoming her father’s disapproval, before finally finding her soul mate. There is some controversy involving an execution scene and is because of this scene it is believed the film was censored until its disappearance.
Hua Jiao Shue Liu is a Chinese 1946 film not much is known about this movie either not even the director is known. But I think the story involved a couple of traders who had run in with thieves, I guess there was some anti-Japanese sentiment in this film but honestly nobody really knows.
Alam Ara this was the first Indian sound movie coming out in 1931, it was directed by Ardeshir Irani. Apparently it was so popular that police aid had to be summoned to control the huge crowds. The film is a love story between a prince and a gypsy girl, the story centers on an imaginary, historical royal family in the kingdom of Kumarpur. The main characters are the king and his two warring wives Dilbahar and Navbahar. Their rivalry escalates when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king’s heir. Dilbahar, in revenge, attempts to have an affair with the kingdom’s chief minister General Adil (Prithviraj Kapoor). The affair goes sour and a vengeful Dilbahar imprisons him. The songs in the movie became instant hits but unfortunately the film was burned in an accident.
(Young Miss) directed by Yasujiro ozu who has made up a good portion of the films to make up these lists. Very recently an original poster was discovered at a trade store in Japan. The film involved two lovers one of them was a very independent woman. Ozu was very progressive but he could not hold onto any of his movies at all.
Bhakta Prahlada a 1931 Indian film often credited as either the first or second film to have sound. But it is the first to be in the Telugu language. The movie is based off a very famous dramatic play that has been produced thousands of times about Narasimha who is often visualized as half-man/half-lion. He is known primarily as the ‘Great Protector’ who specifically defends and protects his devotees in times of need. I think that’s what the movie dealt with but it really had a scene visualizing the god that would be cool to see.
Ang Manananggal 1927 is a horror film from the Philippines possibly the first horror movie in the area. A silent movie portraying the manananggal. It was directed by Jose Nepomuceno and the cast list only has one known person, Mary Walter. The movie revolved around the mythical creature resembling a vampire but mostly female and it can detach most of its body at will. I bet the effects alone would keep me interested in this one.
Directed by Fei Mu, this is a 1933 Chinese silent film telling the compelling story of a family stuck in the slums and their impossible struggle to survive and the choices they make meld who they are and where they are going. So it’s kind of like “Do the Right Thing” but in really old China slums. It was highly acclaimed upon its release for its social comments on city life. Some scenes in the film were recreated for the 1991 biographical film “Center Stage” about the life and career of Ruan Lingyu, but there rest of the movie is gone.
An epic Chinese recreation of pieces of their history involving a civil war that united a small village. I really like movies dealing with Chinese history or those that depict ancient battles. There are a lot of really good ones but this may have been just about one of the first. Unfortunately everything in this film from the director to the plot have been lost since the Japanese occupation in world war two. So really who knows what this film was about and what it held. But I am sure I would someday like to find out.
A 1965 Bollywood rip off of Godzilla. What? Yes this is a Bollywood version of Godzilla, staring, Azad and Tabassum. The plot involves party beach-goers, including Asha and Kumar, sight a huge sea monster rising from the depths of the ocean. At first the authorities don’t believe the beast exists but when others start seeing the big beastie, they are convinced that the creature exists. The authorities attempt to dispose of Gogola. Unfortunately, their efforts only manage to anger the monster and, the low rent rampage and dancing begins. As a creature feature nerd I would love to get my hands on this one and judging by the few pictures remaining it was very silly and very bad. It is directed by Balwant Dave, so it is bound to be entertaining…and who doesn’t love silly men in suit action. I have only one question did Gogala join in on the choreographed dancing?