VIDEO: Pink Lady's Great Motion Picture (1978) / Japanese Spider-Man (1978)

Mr. Mendo brings us two insane pieces of entertainment from 1978 Japan: First up, it’s the one and only movie starring Pink Lady, the singing duo famous for an NBC variety show that was one of the worst things ever shown on TV. In the movie, Pink Lady acts out a soap opera melodrama, helps an alien creature escape the circus, and teleports back in time to the Old West. After that, it’s the Japanese Spider-Man, which was made with Marvel Comics’ blessing, even though this Spider-Man gets his powers from a guy from the planet Spider, not to mention his very own giant robot sidekick! Let’s just say “WTF Japan Seriously” is not a recent phenomenon.

Special thanks to Jeffrey Branch, who supplied the DVD of the Pink Lady movie, and many of the images in the video. Please visit his site to find out more than you ever wanted to know about Pink Lady!

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  • MacArthur Park should only be sung phonetically. No reason for the singer to have any more clue what that song is about than the audience.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Even the disco version?

      • Mike

        ESPECIALLY the Disco Version.
        Unless one can do so in the style of William Shatner.

        • I think you mean in the style of Richard Harris.

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Either way, I kinda want to see that, now…

          • Mike

            Staying Alive ala Shatner?

  • Sofie Liv

    Huh… Japan is weird.

    But at least you finally got to make a video about the pink ladies!

    • Michael A. Novelli


      Now all I have to do is track down their anime and I’ll finally be finished!

      Oh, shit…

  • Gasmaskangel

    I have to say, the girls in Pink Lady were awful cute. Adorable almost.

    And as for Japanese Spiderman, I can’t be the only one thinking that he was better than our Spiderman. And that marvel should release a crossover between Japanese Spiderman and… um… Everywhere Else Spiderman. That would be awesome.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Don’t forget Indian Spiderman!

    • Kazuma Kiryu

      This Spidey doesn’t hold back. He actually kills the baddies, and swears vengeance for the death of his father. I think the stuntman is pretty badass too.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        Well, any Spider-Man who calls himself an “emissary of Hell”, I guess…

        • Kazuma Kiryu

          I think all Japanese superheroes are emissaries from hell.

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Even Sailor Moon?

          • Kazuma Kiryu

            More like the emissary of stupidity. I only liked Sailor Jupiter. Ever seen the Japanese live action version?

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Afraid not, but kudos on Sailor Jupiter! In my older episodes, you can actually see a Sailor Jupiter doll (in the box) hanging on my wall!

          • Kazuma Kiryu

            Let’s just say Super Sentai (Power Rangers), makes it look “low budget”.

  • Tad Whatever

    Japanese Spider-Man might be the craziest effing thing I’ve ever seen.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Stick with my show and it’ll only get worse. 😉

    • Kazuma Kiryu

      I have the dvds from Japan. Also watched it on Better than the 70’s tv show in the States. Couldn’t stand that version of Spidey.

      • Michael A. Novelli

        At least the American Spider-Man show from back then (at least, one of the six or seven we had) had Daredevil on it once. I think. I vaguely remember it…

        • Kazuma Kiryu

          Daredevil teamed up with the Hulk, not Spidey.

          • Michael A. Novelli

            Ah, that makes a little more sense…

  • loismustdie

    Oh my gosh… Spiderman is one of the Power Rangers!

    Ok, please tell me I’m not the only one who saw that connection.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Dude! When I first saw Leopardon, I thought, “Tiger Mega Falconzord?”

  • DrWheelz

    Was that Mr. Flibble’s genderqueer friend?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      I knew my love of Red Dwarf and random cow humor would eventually come back to haunt me…

  • Cristiona

    Er… huh. So… Spice World ripped off Larry?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Afraid so…

  • Cecil_Trachenburg

    Japanese Spider-man > Spider-man 3

    I love Japan. They can make even the weirdest stuff seem like an every day occurrence.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Which is kind of sad, in a way…

  • Sillstaw

    Wait, so Japanese Spider-Man likes to be lazy and take naps? Guess they were working from the daily comic strip Spider-Man.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Sir! I will not sit here and let you badmouth Japanese Spiderman like that!

  • John Lewis

    I suppose you could craft a really good drinking game based on either of these two efforts.

    Viewed back-to-back would be insanely deadly, though.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      I appreciate the concern, but the last triple feature I took in was Avatar/Book of Eli/Youth In Revolt, so by all logic I’m technically a zombie by this point. 🙂

      I will say this, though, Larry does have some pretty catchy music…

  • No relation to the Pink Ladies from Grease I presume?

    Oh My God… one of those women is dressed like Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2!!!! GAHHH!! And this is what? 25 years before that atrocity?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      I think in that instance, it would be the other way around…

  • Ed

    Nice stuff, Michael. If you want to really have an interesting viewing experience (by interesting I mean the sort of thing that would earn a lesser soldier a Section 8 discharge), you need to track down a copy of “3 Dev Adam”, a Turkish superhero movie that takes some…interesting liberties with a few characters.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      I was JUST thinking that yesterday! Seriously, does anyone know where I can find it? I wanna do that one with Indian Spider-Man, which I also need to find…

  • Kazuma Kiryu

    In one of the episodes of the Japanese Spider-man, they are watching Pink Lady’s on TV. You can’t see them, but you can hear them singing their Monster song.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Oh, that’s just *perfect*! 🙂

  • Mangraa


    • Michael A. Novelli

      Thank you! Tell all your friends, now…

      • Mangraa

        Are you my friend?

        • Michael A. Novelli

          Sure! Why not?

          • Mangraa

            Awesome! Hey, you should check out this great video review I found: Pink Lady’s Great Motion Picture / Japanese Spider-Man (1978). It’s the lulz!

          • Michael A. Novelli

            I was not aware of that, thank you.

  • Djalanrocks

    Only in Japan does a Space Ship crash land and nobody asks WTF. And I am wondering if the flying car is FINALLY going to make its big screen appearance this summer.

    • Michael A. Novelli

      Why not? James Bond got one, after all…

  • Did Pink Lady make Cowboys and Aliens 30 years early?

    • Michael A. Novelli

      There’s a distinct possibility…

  • The_Stig

    I have a soft spot in my heart for Pink Lady because Mei and Kei were hot. Still, you shouldn’t give them too much crap. Let’s be honest, NOBODY sounds good singing “MacArthur Park”.

  • Yurifan

    Japanese Spiderman seems awesome!

    • MichaelANovelli

      Not gonna lie, it kinda is.  🙂