Set in post war Japan, the film tells the tale of a woman (Martha Hyer) looking for her missing brother. Her brother operated a small export business and has suddenly disappeared. Strangely his business partner has also vanished. Japan is portrayed as a hotbed for smugglers and snoopers all trying to make a buck anyway they can.
Hyer soon comes in contact with the Japanese police who are somewhat sympathetic but they are also hunting for her brother because they believe he was involved in some smuggled opium. In steps an American ex-serviceman (Byron Mitchie), who works the black market and agrees to help Hyer find her brother.
Mitchie, who has a total of two film credits in his career, is an odd choice for the lead role. He is a giant of a man, looking 7 feet tall, with a slight frame, mammoth hands, and a long flop of hair that waves across his face every time he moves his head. Hyer begins to fall for him, but the audience is soon let in on his dark side. He was branded a coward during his service days and bitterly looks for redemption. He is also secretly married to a Japanese woman and he is not above kicking her in one of his delusional fits.
Eventually it is revealed that Mitchie is the business partner of Hyer’s brother. He murdered her brother and went into hiding under a new identity. As Hyer begins to suspect the truth, so do the local authorities, who are aided by the the brother of Mitchie’s Japanese wife.
The irony of the film’s title, “Oriental Evil”, is that the greatest evil in the film’s story is found in Mitchie, the US ex-serviceman. Definitely worth a look for collectors of the odd and unusual.